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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 The Week in Pictures #447

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Francesca Doria
Explorer

Hello, very interesting pictures of the two jackal species… always something pretty unusual to see. It makes wonder the way nature works and seals creatures fate. Beautiful pictures of the lion dynasties and intriguing dynamic between prides. At Londolozi there’s lot od drama but they live their life fully, opposite to lion farms in other parts of the country. Last but not least the lovely Mashaba leopard cub and cheetah babies! Thank you.

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

What an amazing week! Those are all stunning, the Lion shots are my favourites, and the crocodile drone shot is very cool too !

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning pics this week. Love all the lions and the monochrome elephant.

Noel Macheke
Explorer

Hi James,
Always jealous of your work

Noel Macheke
Explorer

I ma a lover of wildlife and cannot help but wish i were you…

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Another great TWIP. Thanks.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Hope to get intermittent up dates on the Mashaba cub.
Good job with the Lightroom preset. Some are fun.

Linda Deutsch
Explorer

Glorious! These posts are a wonderful respite from the shelter in place we are all experiencing here in California. Hopefully in the not too distant future I will be able to experience Londolozi in person. I feel through these posts that we have all become friends and I thank and appreciate you. Best! Linda

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

You’ve some stunning photographs this week, truly lion focused. I especially like the young Styx male in shadows and would be appreciative if you shared what preset you used. I use Lightroom but haven’t used any of the presets- I like this effect.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the photos, especially the cheetahs🤗

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Tremendous gallery this week! Most poignant for me is the aerial view of the crocodiles, as I just read the passage in Boyd’s first book where he dangled his legs over the Sand River and gets chomped by a croc!!! Luckily he got out of that one, albeit with a serious bite!!

Linda Mansell
Explorer

Wonderful photos. Thank you for the journey.

Cally Staniland
Explorer

Brilliant photos James, when I was last in the Lowveld, black backed jackal were quite common, I had no idea how their numbers had dropped and were struggling to make a comeback….but nice to know it is! The cheetah…no words..just magical. Thank you🙏🏻💕

Trish Monck
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful photos! Do you know if the Black Backed & Side-striped Jackals ever breed with one another?

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Great week! Loved the photo of the Ntsevu pride members on the termite mound with that beautiful golden bokeh behind them.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Another week of excellent images. The one of the two alligators half submerged in a dwindling stream was unique. So proud of Mashaba producing another cub. Wishing the little one the best of luck!

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James! One of the young males with the Styx Pride (the second young male photo in this week’s blog entry) is actually the young male from the Nkuhuma Male, who joined up with his half-brother or cousin (both of them were fathered by a Birmingham Male back in 2016; the Nkuhuma Male was born in late May-early June 2016, the young Styx Male born in September-October 2016).

Also will be interesting to see how the Ntsevu situation plays out. With so many sub-adults, including several young females, I’m thinking there has to be something that gives, don’t you think?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael,
Ah, thanks for that info, that’s fascinating. We’ve seen a young male around the reserve by himself a couple of times over the last month or two; we’ll reference the pics and compare (although the solo male seemed a bit fuller-maned).
Agreed on the Ntsevu pride. I think they’ll have to splinter at some point, but not sure how they’ll do it. We think they’re expecting cubs, which may accelerate things.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Great shot of the lions and stars Pete.

Kathy Knight
Explorer

Thank you James for sharing each week…cannot wait for our trip.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

The lions feeding under the Stars was my favorite this week. Great photo

Alex McMillan
Explorer

Great photos as ever, James!

Do you have any idea why the black-backed jackals disappeared? I have noticed a shocking change. We spent two weeks in the Kruger 2 years ago and didn’t see a single one; on a trip over Christmas, we may have seen a jackal once. In the 1980s, I remember seeing them every day.

And the side-striped used to be extremely rare, strange their numbers should improve in whatever conditions reduced the black-backed numbers.

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Some beautiful pics here James. Thanks for sharing with us. Hope you all stay well and safe.

Jane Addey
Explorer

Great collection of photos – absolutely love the male lion” visiting” Londolozi!

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Someone said Styx Pride male and Nkuhuma male are sired by the Birmnigham Boys, is that correct ?

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