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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 8 Birds That Will Take Your Breath Away

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog James. When I am in the bush I always hope for a Ground Hornbill, Kori bustard and Secretary bird. Always lovely to see an Ostritch and the red crested and black belly bustards. My favourite must be the Bateleur. Nice to see a Yellobilled kite aswell. My list can go on as I love birds (even if it is the more “common” ones.)

Anthony Goldman
Guest contributor

Awesome, James glad to see birds getting some prominance here as you know for me just walking around inside the camp provides amazing birding and especially the sun birds when the aloes are in bloom .

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Great post James – loved seeing what you consider to be breathtaking birds! I wouldn’t have ordinarily put an ostrich on my list, but I would now after reading your post!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Always great to see a birding post!! I have been lucky enough to see all but one of those species in the wild (the lappet-faced vulture still eludes me). If I were pressed to choose my 8 favourite bush birds, they would have to be Pels fishing owl, Southern ground hornbill, gorgeous bush shrike, woodland kingfisher, Dickinson’s kestrel, Bateleur, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African fish eagle. I haven’t seen three of the species on this list (1, 3 and 5) yet, but I’m hoping to get a couple of them in Botswana soon!
Just to cover all bases, if you include the rest of the country, my list would then be Pels fishing owl, Southern ground hornbill, narina trogon, African crowned eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, Rudd’s lark, African skimmer and wattled crane.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Oh and that cover photo is beautiful!! The LBR’s (will definetely be using that abbreviation from now on, easier to say!) re so tough to photograph, my only ones are a bit hazy!

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks, James. I love being transported from my home in Florida to start my day at Londolozi, and especially with the beautiful LBR. Good day, everyone.

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Interesting blog James. I love watching the fish eagles in action as well as the weavers and rollers. The Secretary bird has always been a favorite along with the herons. I didn’t use to pay much attention to the birds, but they’ve grown on me. Thank you.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Great to see the feathered species getting their “colours” in lights & thanks for this very informative list! You have covered my favourites in this blog & I would also include the Woodland Kingfisher & the Bateleur!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I love the Jacanas with their long toes and the Hamerkop with its unusual looks. The Bee-eaters are beautiful but the Kingfishers are my favorites!

A B
Explorer

Love the pictures! Amazing and glorious.

D. Phillips
Explorer

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much.

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

Looking forward to seeing ostriches at Londolozi. New for me. Have only seen them at Ooutshorn (sp.?.)

Mauricia Neeley
Explorer

great Blog. loved the story of the female ostrich. wondering if her last 4 chicks reached maturity. last story I remember seeing was she only had 4 remaining. would love to see a updated story on the female ostrich.

Eulalia Angédu
Explorer

Very impressive text and pictures here James.I have been blown away,i love how these birds are magical.A true symbol of beauty.Great work.I love this blog.

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice Blog.. I absolutely love the Red Crested Korhaan. Its call is unmistakable..

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