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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on The Most Incredible Camera-Trap Leopard Photo Ever?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! It is just getting better with each new blog. Amazing capture. Usually all you get on a camera trap is the animal moving through. This is stunning.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Amazing capture for everyone involved in this study including all of you in Londolozi. Good to know the Ndzanzeni male is foraging in his own and seemingly getting along with his “father “.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

What a coincidence that the young male made a kill right at the camera and in broad daylight! Wow! Incredible! You cannot get a better image than this. The rest might be interesting, but this one is the star of the show. Thanks,
James!

Gillian Lacey
Explorer

Just wow! What a photo

Jutta Mielke Nestle
Guest contributor

What a picture. What an energy inside. And thats with atrap. Great.

So incredible . What a great shot. Glad to see the Ndzanzeni has made the necessary transition towards adulthood.

Joanne Wadsworth
Digital Tracker

What a giant leap (literally) into independent adulthood by Ndzanzeni! For one who has been a bit tardy to total independence, he took on a huge animal. No laggart now! Seeing his arm wrapped around his victim show his strength and determination. Amazing image. A benefit for the study and a bonus for Londolozi….canvas worthy!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

That’s an awesome photo! Strength, drama, fear, violence – all at play in one shot! Amazing!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Ranger

Phenomenal, at first glance on my phone it looked like the Nyala had sat on the leopard’s head!?! However closer inspection revealed what had happened. I had heard of these cameras but didn’t know Londolozi had them. Victoria

Dries Marais
Explorer

Good day James,
Certainly unusual for the young leopard to have displayed such pluck and stealth. Daytime hunting certainly is not unusual as I have seen a number of times at Olifant’s Camp in KNP as well as in Niassa, Northern Mozambique.

The object behind the nyala ewe interests me – looks like an old tree stump smoothed by rhino rubbing?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Dries,
Absolutely, we see daylight hunting here all the time, I was just wanting to get rid of a common misconception about leopards for people who haven’t observed them in the wild before.

If you’re talking about the long tall object that goes up between the nyala’s hooves, it’s a broken bushwillow tree, and to the left from what I can tell is a small termite mound, but I’ll check when I’m next at the pan…

Best regards

Dries Marais
Explorer

James, so I used my reading glasses to look again and then I was embarrassed to see I was referring to the the left hind paw of the leopard… Blush!

Cyndy Beardsley
Explorer

Phenomenal ! So grateful to everyone for their work in supporting these cats.

Wendy Macnicol
Explorer

A truly wonderful action picture. Great work indeed! Wendy M

Mj Bradley
Explorer

I am guessing that the interaction between male leopards and their progeny is not as uncommon as once thought. In the North they have Hosana who likes spending time with his ‘father’ Tingana and also his 1/2 sister Thandi. It is amazing to watch leopard dynamics taking place and re-writing the books! Thank you for sharing!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi MJ,

Agreed. We have seen a high level of tolerance here before, between father and sons. I imagine as long as the big male believes himself to be the father, and the young male is suitably submissive, there won’t be too much hostility…

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Incredible photograph!

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Ranger

Incredible.. !See that a Young leopard is also hanging around the “Vuyatela” Djuma waterhole & also been seen with his father & his mom sister & her cub. Very interesting leopard behavior.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Gawie,

Yip, with a high density like the one found in the Sabi Sand Reserve, it’s inevitable that seemingly strange behavioural anomalies will start cropping up, but they actually might not be as rare as we imagine…

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I’ve seen some pretty incredible stuff on camera traps, but this is next level!!

Susan Strauss
Digital Ranger

Just WOW!

Accidentally stumbled on this site. I am a wildlife filmmaker and photographer working on a documentary on leopards in India. This is one of the most incredible image of a leopard that I have come across. I simply can’t believe that this has been captured in a camera trap. Awesome guys. Keep up the good work.
PS: I am not surprised about the daytime kill.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Sabyasachi,

We aren’t either as the leopards here regularly hunt in the daytime. We just wanted to squash a common misconception among some people not familiar with the cats that they are strictly nocturnal.
Thanks for the comments.

Bst regards,

James

Superb camera trap photo! And superb kill from this young boy… I wonder whether it will ever get as widely spread around the world as the picture of his grand mother, the Dudley Riverbank female, when she caught and took down a fully grown female kudu. She was only 16 months old !!!! I am sure many of your readers have seen this photo of a young leopard hanging from the kudu’s throat. Good genes!

What an incredible capture.
It is so “in the incredible moment!”
It makes you feel like you were there.

John McCabe
Explorer

James, It looks like fairly open country where the shot was taken, would the young leopard have eaten on the ground or would it have dragged its prey under a thicket? I only ask as the weight differential must be large and hoisting such prey must be difficult?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi John,
There is fairly thick vegetation immediately behind where the camera trap is situated, and in quite a wide arc around it, which you can’t see on the photo, so he would have had quite a bit more cover than meets the eye. Hoisting such a large kill would certainly be difficult, especially for a large male, but this is most likely why tracks revealed that he had been robbed by hyenas around 36hrs later…
Best regards

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