During first days, Raj 2012 team worked mainly on southern part of the Peljesac Peninsula. After three days the entire surface were surveyed and calling stations were installed systematically.
The golden jackal seems to be human dependent and here, near a village with a bad managed waste dump inside Peljesac Peninsula, we were able to record more than 18 individuals simultaneously with Giannatos technique of bio-acoustic stimulation. Also a common pheasant Phasianus colchicus, was seen in this environment during this "concert". This event let us suggest that predation on this game ground nesting bird species by jackals is not so aggressive as is suggested for its other competitor, red fox (Draycott et al, 2008).
Silence on the blue lagoon
Looking for key species
Seems that we found them
Photo and video trapping is essential as direct method
A spider treats ignorance and controls all data. Lejla Colic
Specific habitat (1)
Not jackal footprint
Golden jackal footprint
Beside localizing more than 20 reproductive groups of jackals, the members of jackal survey team were able to identify dormouse (Glis glis), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) and red fox (Vulpes vulpes).
The beautiful calcareous landscape and Mediterranean vegetation above the blue sky and with the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea surrounding us and the wonderful people ambiance and hospitality from Zuljana got us awake trough all night, and so, we could feel better the jackal ecological systems painted with their musical howls.
Hunting is a common activity in Peljesac
Before fieldwork, sunset at Zuljana our wonderful base camp
Ivan Budinski(BIOM NGO) shows us how lichens do not grow where animals mark. Below the cement protection on curve to the continental part of the Peninsula at about 600 meters altitude a lot of droppings (mustelids, carnivores, raptor birds) can be easy seen and are a good encyclopaedic, visual compendium. Photo: Ovidiu Banea
The corner is giving us the most important data.
Glis glis Photo: O. Banea
Sus scrofa on the road
Preparing the fieldwork in Zuljana, on the left Ivana, Miha and Ivan: to the right Mateja, Jasna and Tomaz are understanding everything behind the message.
Possible footprint of Canis aureus in Peljesac
Following the jackal path
We are not jackals but we want understand their movements
Specific habitat (2)
During the day we went to Dubrovnik, the islands are still without anthropogenic touch.
One of several stops. In fact, not time schedule is need for jackal surveys.
Sunset in Dubrovnik
Miha Krofel and Ivana Selanec
Raj 2012 team starts for day fieldwork
Stomach collected from a young female road-killed.
Ivana's team did recognition of the specimen at the place in Northern Part of the Peninsula.
It had 75% vegetable (60% Graminae, scrub leaves and 15% grapes), 20% meat (fat meat probable dropped by inhabitants or hunters) and 5% unknown material (Analysis in presence of Miha Krofel and Jasna Mladenovic)
Dump near Trpanj
The dump where yesterday were reported 6 groups of jackals if we think in this, but probably here the families are disorganized and no territoriality is respected. Yesterday morning we heard more than 16 jackals here.
Slovenian new GOJAGE: Jasna, Mateja and Tomaz.
Ivan Budinski helps to identification of vegetable in an excrement. This time seems that jackal dropp has more than 50% Oleaceae sp.
Mateja and Tomaz found the treasure.
More than ten droppings, all seem to belong to jackal species.
Not all is Oleaceae and grapes, this time jackal ate a plastic bag, Ivan suggested that could be a bag with some meat, we are in the same area of the dump near Trpanj.
Venice, 12.11.2012. The way back from Peljesac Peninsula we did through beautiful landscape of Croatia, from Dubrovnik to Zagreb following the auto-route, then Ljubljana. From Ljubljana to Venice, the road had a lot of works near Nova Goriza and weather was not so good. Today the news was that in Venice since 1872, this was the 6th highest (149cm) marea.
The flight was lost and another flight was available from Treviso. To here, Hermes (a driver of a private cab) was the elected to be ambassador of sciacallo dorato (just coincidence).
The weather is better today.
Thinking in Dubrovnik
During the fieldwork. Photo: Miha Krofel