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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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James, what photos – I have never seen a hornbill eating a beetle

Quick thinking and shooting. I have learned to never let my guard down while visiting Londo. Seems to always be something interesting or even exciting around the corner. Even on a stroll through the camps, I always have a camera.
Now, back in the states, I have taken the same philosophy, never take a moment for granted and to notice life around me. Not that I have a camera at hand but rather, stop and take notice. reminds me of the old saying my grandmother always said, “ stop and smell the roses.”

Well done. Cheers!

Agreed. Just this week I was talking with someone about how exhausting it is to live in a time where there are limitless options and opportunities (and I understand I am fortunate enough to say that, because there are still others for whom this is not a reality). It makes quite a burden of choosing correctly. When there is no choice, it seems less likely one could make a mistake, so sometimes out of sheer overwhelm, I find myself *almost* wishing for that scenario instead…

The hornbill certainly has a posture that signifies loss……………… 🙂

This reminds me of one my favorite quotes. The distinguished British biologist, J.B.S. Haldane late in his career, found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”

It seems to me that all wildlife/nature has the instinctive drive to overcome and survive. Humans do tend to relate emotionally and often admire their tenacity. Great images, James!

This blog has a wonderful sequence of photos, playing perfectly into your thought-provoking words.
There certainly are lessons to be learned from the natural world……

An interesting blog James and very thought provoking. The pics of the hornbill and it’s “almost lunch” were amazing. A beautiful looking bird and also a very disappointed one. Beetle 1, hornbill 0. Thanks for sharing with us.

Great pics and interesting article…although I don’t think there is as much difference between human and nonhuman animals as you state. I have seen animals give up – take a tour of a dog shelter in the US – and there really isn’t an emotion we have that other animals don’t. Of course, it helps people to think otherwise, so some of us can eat them.

Brain size doesnt correlate with intelligence. what is intelligence anyway? The fact is, humans do not have the largest brains on the planet, either in absolute size or in proportion to body size. Whales and elephants have the biggest brains of any animal on earth. people hate small things and assume that because something is small it is stupid and useless. I don’t understand that. Do large eyes see better than small ones? what about noses. do large noses smell better than small noses? this is stupid, ridiculous nonsense.

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