Working up an appetite! Hungry jackal tries and fails to catch birds for dinner

Talk about working up an appetite! These incredible snaps show the moment a hungry jackal tries and fails to snare a tasty bird for dinner.

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

The unlucky jackal lay in wait as he stalked his prey, before leaping through the air towards the unsuspecting birds at the waterhole.

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

He flew through the air, splashing into the waterhole and bearing his razor-sharp teeth as the ravenous jackal attempted to catch the birds.

Sadly the jackal went hungry, as the quick-witted birds were too fast for him.

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

Australian amateur photographer, Jenny Andersen, 43, captured the unfortunate jackal on camera at the Cubitjie Quap waterhole in Kgalagadi Tansfrontier Park, on the border of South Africa and Botswana, at the end of October.

Jenny, who lives in Cape Town, said: “The jackal is there most mornings.

The bird manages to escape the jaws of the jackal everytme

The bird manages to escape the jaws of the jackal every time

“He’s there from dawn – the doves are first to the waterhole, and he initially tries his luck with them.

“But they’re fast and agile, and it’s very lucky if he catches one.

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

The jackal lunges at the bird to try and get a meal

“They’re just a warm-up for the sandgrouse though.

“The sandgrouse fly in big, noisy flocks and come to drink about an hour after sunrise.

The bird manages to escape the jaws of the jackal every time

The bird manages to escape the jaws of the jackal every time

“The jackal usually lies in wait about 10 metres away and waits until a big group lands – then sprints to the waterhole and launches himself in the air, mouth agape.

The jackal ends up surrounded by birds

The jackal ends up surrounded by birds

“He’s most successful when he times it on their final approach, and nabs one right out of the air as they’re coming in to land.”