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James Tyrrell


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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Interesting facts about hornbills. We are leaving Sunday on a trip to the Kalahari. I will definitely observe those hornbills to see if their behaviour is different to the Lowveld hornbills.

Fascinating!! Thank you James! I would like to read about the research & technical part. Would it be possible?

Hi Gawie,

Absolutely. Here are two links to follow:



The first is the simplified article and the second is the actual paper published on the research.



First of all, this was an interesting article/blog. As a non-birder I’m learning more and more so that I may very well look forward to spotting various birds in the veld! Secondly, the closeups that you and Alex shot are brilliant. I have to give kudos to Alex however for the comedic portrait- would love to know what lens and settings he used. Seems one needs at least a 400mm…..?not in my arsenal.

I’m hoping it rains between now and November 22 and then remains relatively clear for a few days during my trip. On vera…….

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Hornbills are the sort of bird, you should just stop and appreciate. Very “architectural” but as James says, very under-appreciated.

Fascinating information, James and so well visually documented. You are a great educator. And your right, most don’t think about the internal temperature regulation of birds in order to survive….anywhere for that matter. So this is a wise blog topic. I must add that your photographs are superb and Alex’s face shot made me grin….but you expected that I’m sure!

Very interesting post! Do other hornbill species share this trait?

I am actually going up to the Klaserie in January next year for three weeks to assist in a behavourial study by UCT on the YB’s big cousin, the ground hornbills! I’m really excited, as this is my first time visiting one of the Greater Kruger’s Private Reserves!

Who knows, maybe I’ll even drop into Londolozi ;)!

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