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Fin Lawlor

Londolozi Ranger

Fin grew up in Johannesburg and began guiding in 2010. He has guided across South Africa, East Africa and the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Fin's primary interests are birds, tracking and developing a passion for photography.

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on The Week in Pictures #382

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning pics Fin. Love the lions. My favourite is the Tamboti young female.

Stephanie Marie

I think I see 5 butterflies with the big beautiful Ellie! I love your pics so much! I’m from the USA so will probably never get to Africa. I watch Safari Live and heard that the leopard Hosana is in the area near you. Please post pics if you see him ever?

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Fin these are all excellent images! I especially like seeing the Ottawa male drinking from a angle that isn’t always seen. Ver low and face forward, fully filling the space and seeing every detail of him. That is a stunning image!

Kate Doyle

Are there 3 monarchs?

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

I only saw 3 butterflies as well.

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hello Fin!
Beautiful pictures! I love the photos of the young members of the Ntsevu pride! I counted the African Monarch butterflies to 4 of them. Thank you for your Week in pictures!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

What a marvelous collection of pictures this week. Thanks so much

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

The Ottawa male photo would get put on my wall any day of the week

Suzanne Gibson
Master Tracker

What, no photos of the Ndzanzeni young male mating (or at least attempting to!) with Mashaba? Having mated recently with his father, do you think it’s sort of insurance for her, so (hopefully) he won’t kill her cubs again?

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Great variety! I spy at least three, but maybe even five butterflies. It’s hard to tell on my phone screen if the two lower ones are butterflies or flowers.

James Tyrrell

Hi Chelsea, I’ll get Fin to give us an answer. Assuming he knows himself… 😂

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Fin, how many of the Ntsevu Pride’s cubs are male and how many are female? Would be interested to know! Thanks for any help!

James Tyrrell

Hi Michael,
Off the top of my head I’m afraid I can’t give you an answer- I’m usually so excited to see 12 cubs that I forget to count! I know some of the rangers do know so I’ll find out for you. For what I remember it’s slightly skewed in favour of males..

Lachlan Fetterplace
Senior Digital Ranger

More updates on the Ottawa male plz :). Oh and I think 5 monarchs!

James Tyrrell

Hi Lachlan,
We don’t see the Ottawa male very much unfortunately, but will update you as son as he wanders onto Londolozi…

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Master Tracker

Fin, your photography skills are evident and we have added several to our Londolozi collection. Favorites are the Kudu and the Wild Dogs (aka Painted Wolves).

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

The splendid Flat Rock Male – is there any specific reason he has hugely extended his territory or just normal behaviour, because he can ?

James Tyrrell

Hi Jennifer,
There are probably very specific reasons…
the problem is we aren’t always sure what they are! Haha. We can speculate all we want but what’s actually happening might be very different to what we think…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a fantastic week in pictures-from the beautiful portrait of the Ottawa male, to the lovely Tamboti female and your other images of important members of the bush!! Who could not love the playful antics of the Ntsevu cubs?!
As far as the monarchs flitting around the elephant, I see four and perhaps a shadow of one on the elephant’s leg……? Let us know.

James Tyrrell

Denise I also counted four with a possible 5th. I’ll see how many Fin got…

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

Fantastic photos as usual!!!

Callum Evans
Master Tracker

Amazing gallery!! That wild dog photo is exceptional!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Fin, What great post! The shot pf the Ottawa male was amazing! Perfect set-up! We think we counted 5 butterflies, but there must have been more! Thanks for the challenge!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Dear Fin
Absolutely great pics this week from you! Counted only 3 Monarch’s but there could be 5 as some people say. When are you going to tell us how many there were? Wendy M

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