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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 24 Hrs in Photos: The Nhlanguleni Female and Cubs

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

The picture of the two cubs with Sandros in the background is amazing.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Really good photos, super sightings

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Excellent images that told the story so well. Loved seeing the Cubs play and that they continue to be healthy and safe. Thanks, James!

Suecol777
Explorer

Can somebody explain to me please, why we waste our time watching stupid banal offerings from Hollywood when we have THIS? For a moment I ENTIRELY FORGOT that I wasn’t watching video footage. The story was so thrilling that it lent MOVEMENT to the photographic stills. I could actually SEE it all happening. Lovely!

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

James this was a really exciting Blog today. Made me feel like I was right there with you

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Sometimes it seems leopards practice yoga as represented by their flexibility to lounge in trees, carry prey, etc. You captured some wonderful photos illustrating the daily lives of a leopardess and her cubs. 👏📷📷

Joan Schmiidt
Senior Digital Ranger

These are awesome photos, and they do tell the story

Joan Schmiidt
Senior Digital Ranger

We have had Sandros & Exon twice – they are amazing!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James. A very interesting sequence and super pics to go with it. Thank you so much. Wendy M

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

James, Great series! Love seeing the cubs playing! We see you are shooting with the 1DX Mark II. Wow, how do you like it?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

It’s an amazing camera!
Sadly it’s not mine but belongs to Londolozi, but I still get to test drive it which has been VERY fun!

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

You nailed it. The images told the story perfectly.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I can’t imagine a better way to spend 24 hours than with a leopard family.

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Senior Digital Ranger

A lesson learned the hard way. Hopefully the cubs took notice

Just fabulous to see the cubs maturing – saw them with Jess in December. Great photos, especially the last of female checking security of the kill – what an expression, so sorry she lost it!

Sylvain Villeroy De Galhau
Guest Contributor

Thanks James, it feels great to be able to follow this family for 24 hours and to benefit from your nice pictures! I have a question for you: you suggest that the kill had stayed on the ground for hours before it was hoisted; how come the hyenas with their proverbial sense of smell allowing to sniff blood kilometres away and (bad) habit of following leopards have not come close to the kill earlier? Thanks!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Sylvain, good to hear from you.
Judging by the tracks, the kill was made first thing in the morning, probably around sunrise (or just before).
We have seen leopards lose kills literally within seconds of having taken their prey down, when the hyena respond to the alarm calls of the prey species.
Given the area this kill was made (long grass, lots of thickets), I imagine A.) no other impalas witnessed the kill (which suggests it was made in darkness) which means no distress/alarm calls.
B.) there wasn’t a lot of wind to waft the smell around
C.) She just got very lucky that there weren’t any hyenas nearby!
Best regards

Hello James!
Fantastic pictures!!! Thank you for sharing!

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