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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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on Do Lions Hunt Best Under a Full Moon?

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James, Sounds like the best way to spend an evening, wish I could join you

Hoping that doesn’t mean when I get there next week I won’t be bostantly hearing the cries,”ooh! You should have been here last week!”

This is fantastic information James. You explained it very well and it is easy to understand. Great blog.

I really appreciated the information in this blog. I knew lions had super keen night vision, but hadn’t factored in the full moon could be a hindrance. The portrait of a Birmingham male is beautiful in the night light.
Enjoy your time with the Nstevu pride and may they enjoy successful hunting!!

I heard lions from the terrace of my Founders Camp suite; are there ever any “game drives” after dark?

Hi Doug,
Absolutely; if the animals are there we regularly go out and stick with them after dark.
We find it’s far more productive to sit WITH an animal in an already established sighting into the night rather than driving around looking for things…

You guys are horrible. Here we are – the salary earning rank-and-file of the economic world. Struggling to earn a living, pay the mortgage, put food on the table, feed, clothe and educate the kids and save for our old age or a rainy day, whichever comes first. (With the drought we’ve had my money’s on Old Age.) And what are you guys doing? Loafing around watching lions. Who said you could go and watch lions? You blokes need to start working for your living (grumble grumble mutter mutter…) Just take some decent photos – okay. Oh – and talking about photos – could we have settings for some of those amazing photos? That top one – the lion’s silhouette with the edges of his mane back lit? PLEASE can you tell us how you took it and the circumstances? I don’t suppose it’s for sale – it would make an AMAZING print.

Fascinating! I would also appreciate whatever advice you have for setting our cameras for those various conditions … full vs. new moon, sunset vs. sunrise, natural vs. floodlit subject, etc. Thanks again James for an excellent education on lions!

Thank you for unpacking this! I have a read a lot of studies on lions which included looking at their nocturnal hunting habits and all of them concluded that experienced lions almost never hunted during a full moon.

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