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James Tyrrell

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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 Lions vs Buffalo

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Arden Zalman
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Wish I was there

Shirley
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I can not believe the buffalo lived. That is amazing. I wonder if he is still alive even with all those injuries.

Judy Guffey
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Great video….exciting sighting~

JP Joubert
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Brilliantly written James! Well done boet!

Rich Laburn
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incredible sighting and some amazing footage. Well done JT and Daniella for capturing this on film. rich

Wendy Hawkins
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Wow! What a unbelievable job you have James! A sighting like that is not something that is witnessed by many, so “right place at the right time” I think? Thank you Danielle for sharing that awesome video – you will be able to re-live that for years to come! Thank you James for a stunning write-up!
I would think that the Buffalo wouldn’t last long & dinner was on the cards for the lions later?

James
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Hi Wendy,

The pride was actually unsuccessful that evening as they were still tailing the herd the next day. They gave up and moved off in search of easier prey, but managed to bring down a buffalo two days ago in a similar area. Maybe it was the injured one…?

James

MJ
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What an amazing sighting! Your telling of the encounter is superb and the video is stunning.

thank you for sharing

Marc Taback
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Wow ! It’s a dream of mine to see lion and buffalo interaction in the bush. Can’t wait to get to Londolozi Tree Camp for 4 x nights from 3 Aug !!

Rich Laburn
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We are really looking forward to having you Marc. Safe travels on your way down to us on the 3rd.

Rod Dillehay
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Wow, amazing and dramatic footage thank you. I have to ask how many meters were you from the kill? It looks like you were only 2-3 meters from the kill.

It seems the water buffalo were at least as bold as the lions-maybe even more so!

James
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Hi Rob,

I was filming with a 70-200m lens and a Canon 7D which has a cropped sensor (ie the image looks even more zoomed) so we do look closer to the action than we actually were.
In reality we were still close, but rather about 15-20m than 2-3m. Ideally we should have been further away but the Tamboti thickets in which the kill took place made it impossible to see anything if we remained outside them.
Thankfully in a confrontation like this the buffalo and lions are only interested in each other, not in the vehicles.

James

Daniella Sibbing
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Nice report of this amazing report, James 🙂
Glad to be back!

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