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James Hobson

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James guided at Londolozi from 2010 to 2013, during which time he worked with legendary tracker Elmon Mhlongo, with whom he struck up a lasting friendship. After leaving the bush James moved to Johannesburg, where he established a recruitment company- Blue Recruiting - ...

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Shirley Ann Hunter
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Your Photos are really lovely James. I feel privileged to have seen them… Your patience was well rewarded by these shots. Thanks

Judy
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Amazing photos all, Pygmy Kingfisher gorgeous, but the White Backed Vulture just simply the best……..just need the GnT on the sunset drive 🙂

Penny Parker
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I love the male comb duck, the displaying red billed ox-peckers and the dramatic landing vulture amongst the crowd. All are sensational, but these are my favourite. Where is the European Roller? 🙂

James H
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Hi Penny.
I suppose a porfolios of our birds is incomplete without the beautiful lilac breasted roller. I’ve yet to get a good photo of one but will do my best over the coming weeks! Thanks for your comment.

Linda
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Once again…..stunning photos 🙂

Sue Prince
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Amazing pics James, it is so difficult to choose, however I adore sun rise and sun set so would have to go for the while back vulture at sunset, thanks for sharing.

Brizi
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Great pics guys! Love the updates. You are having the time of your lives there it seems!

Leslie Backus
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They are all great and I love to see bird pictures. The sound of the bush wouldn’t be the same without all those birds. I think my favorite is the African pygmy kingfisher. I like the composition and the fact that the bird seems to be looking at the camera, also the depth of field. Creative shot of the oxpeckers on the back of the rhino too. Do you have a favorite?

James H
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Hi Leslie.
My favourites are the comb duck and the hornbill with the scorpion in its beak. One very seldom sees the colours of the comb ducks wings.

Jo Lynne Jones
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James,
Love it! Thanks for the photos – a good argument for coming back in summer.
Jo Lynne

James H
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Hi Jo Lynne.
Exactly! Many of those photo’s wouldn’t be possible in winter with those birds migrating.

Penny Parker
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James, I have an absolutely wonderful Lilac Breasted Roller shot from KNP a year back – I will have to post it on the Facebook page for you to see. And the European Roller is such a beautiful bird too appearing in the summer months.

anthony
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I hate to be off topic but can anyone tell if in fact the NEW VIDEO on youtube is indeed the fight between Majingilane’s and Kinky Tail? Everyone is under the assumption it is. Video was added 4 days ago. Looks like Mr. T at one point trying to help then gets ran off. Kinky looks horrible

Rich Laburn
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Hi Anthony, please can you post the URL so we know which video you are referring to. Thanks, rich

anthony
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHd0Y3cq9Mg&feature=youtu.be This sure looks like it. Love to hear what you think rich.

Rich Laburn
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I agree Anthony, it does look like a variety of different clips documenting the event. Who does the original footage and upload belong to? Thanks for bringing this to our attention. rich

anthony
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Im not sure but I’m trying to find out for ya. Soon as I hear something I’ll let you know for sure. Thanks for the reply, thought u would know and want to see.

Rich Laburn
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Definitely, much appreciated. Thanks again. rich

anthony
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hey rich, ” This footage belongs to Karin van der Merwe. Not sure why someone copied it and uploaded it to youtube????” That was the response I got from Mapogo Fb page. It says she works at Nkorho Bush Lodge. Hope this helps. Im just wondering if there is more footage to the Kinky Tail attack. Would you think?

Rich Laburn
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Thanks Anthony, it does help. I am not sure why it is only surfacing now and if there is any more footage of this particular incident. If you find any more links, please post them in the comments. Many thanks. rich

anthony
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wow, the new video is the 4 manjigis eating kinky tail. Not a pretty site.

anthony
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Looks as if this was the actual footage of kinky Tail. From what I have been told on Mapogo fb page. She being Karin van der Merwe witnessed both events and quite possibly could have the whole footage on video. Seems it was so brutal that she didnt release until a year later. From the tid bit I have saw I see why. I could only imagine what it was like from start to finish. Hard just to watch this little bit.

Graham
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Incredible shot of the Comb duck Jamo!!!! nice one mate – sitting in the cold of HK, and wish we could be there! Tell all we say hi. Graham & Nix

birdie bishop
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Theese are simply amazing photos!!!! What an adventure you must of had upon shooting them. Thank-you for sharing with the rest of the world.

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