Painted Dogs II

As it gets cooler at the end of the day, the dogs start to stir.

Wild dogs

They wander around, greet each other, stretch, and start to pay attention to the surrounding wildlife. They hunt at least once a day, running down their prey at speeds of up to 35 m.p.h. in chases as long as 3 miles. Their main prey is impala, but they will tackle larger animals such as kudu and wildebeest.

Wild dogs

Once they see a prospect, they all point towards it:

Wild dogs

And then they are off:

Wild dogs

At this point they were moving so fast away from me I put down my camera and just watched. They are very successful hunters, 80% of their hunts result in a kill, but the kills are rarely seen because they run so fast and so far they can’t easily be followed. This time around, however, they failed.

Next time: regrouping for a second attempt.

One thought on “Painted Dogs II”

  1. beautiful… I think we saw them in Namibia

    On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 3:34 AM, Eyes on the Wild wrote:

    > myip2014 posted: “As it gets cooler at the end of the day, the dogs start > to stir. They wander around, greet each other, stretch, and start to pay > attention to the surrounding wildlife. They hunt at least once a day, > running down their prey at speeds of up to 35 m.p.h. ” >

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