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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 The Week in Pictures #449

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning pics this week. Love all the giraffe and the sunrise at Finfoot


Many thanks for keeping us updated as to the Mashaba female and her cub. Beautiful camera captures as always, loved the elephant toes, giraffe on the airstrip and the Kudu. Loved them all to be honest and especially the big cats. Thank you Londolozi.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

As always all so gorgeous pictures it’s difficult to pick up one. Starry landscapes and sunset are mesmerizing and the sight of more giraffes hopefully a good sign for them. The bushbuck bull is really a shot and so the Othawa lion with a peculiar expression. Thanks for explaining all about Londolozi leopards, hopefully the Mashaba female will be as lucky as the Piccadilly. Great elephant mum with calf and crested barber, I always like g uineafowls even if not so striking as the former they are funny birds.

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Fabulous photos!! Thank you so much.

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

James, I was wondering how much of her original territory the Mashaba Female has ceded to her daughters (the Ximhungwe Female and Nkoveni Female) and if that may have a part to play in her inability to raise cubs since the Ximhungwe Female? Also wondering if the Piccadilly Female spends most of her time on Londolozi now or if she still moves back east?

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Lots of beauty pics this week! Loved the giraffe shots – they don’t get enough screen time lol. The Othawa Male Lion was lovely as was the Crested Barbet who liked like it was wearing a winter scarf. Leopards lovely as always. Thanks,

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the photos🤗

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Wonderful week of photos, capturing many moments from the week’s posts here and on social media. Bravo!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos again. Thanks!

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

James….thank you so much for these remarkable photos. Such a wonderful respite from the shelter in place here in California. Means the world and you and the team are truly appreciated. Know that if you are ever here, you have friends!!!! Stay well and safe.

Judy Koehler

What incredible pictures!! Loved the bird!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

James thanks for another week of enjoyable pictures. Hoping the cub of the Mashaba female appears. Would the evidence that the Senegal Bush Male was gentle with the Mashaba cub indicate that he was not interested in killing her cub? As unusual as this behavior is don’t males always kill the cubs of females on sight so they would then mate with them? Thanks

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Nice variety of photos-particularly enjoyed the sunrise and starry night. Don’t recall ever seeing a crested barbet.

Linda Mansell
Senior Digital Ranger

What a magnificent selection of photos this week. For me (I love reflections) Peter Thorpe’s night sky and rock reflections is superb. I can imagine that on my wall and I’d never tire of it as there’s so much to it. Wonderful!

Gloria Brislin

Great week again. We spent 5 days in the Kruger last week and also saw more giraffes than ever before. Lots of quite young ones too. Wonderful.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Wonderful photos again this week! The giraffes and the crested barbet, the kudu and the stars – all very special. Thank you.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

all beautiful pictures !

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Another beautiful photo display…looks as though all is well…

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Hopefully we will hear good news of Mashaba and cub very soon!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

All are wonderful images but my favorites are the sunrise and the Finfoot Crossing with its boulders and a few stars. Looking forward to the next Mashaba update, hopefully positive.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Fabulous star shot Pete!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

Did not know that guinea hens could as they always seem to be running down the middle of the road in danger of being run over!! The kudu makes with their majestic horns are so marvelous to see. You certainly have lots of leopard going’s on !! so glad to o see the wild dog pups playing and healthy. I envy you all the peace and action. we could certainly use a bit here. Thankyou for another wonderful week of pictures. Victoria

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

Sean, love your sunrise shot.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Great shots this week James and team! We loved the closeup of the elephant, the Crested Barbet and the Othawa male image is especially cool. You can see that he had a good meal recently too! Waiting with baited breath for news of Mashaba’s cub!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Just love the Manyelethi Riverbed shot !!! Stunning. Can’t wait to hear news of the cub, so hope it has not been killed ..the footage was amazing. Very tense waiting to hear the outcome 🙏🏻💕

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A nice TWIP with a good mix of wildlife and Mother Nature. Thank you for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe.

Sam Lovett

Brilliant photos Thank you James Tyrell

Callum Evans
Guest contributor


Sam Lovett

Thank you

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

Giraffe coat pattern acts as thermal window plus the neck has extra skin to neutralize excess temperature.Neck of giraffe also has inbuilt pressure sensors that serve to alarm the wondernet or neck valves that regulate pressure of blood heading to/from brain.to prevent damage when they bend down.skeletal outline does it also play a role in Thermoregulatory procedure?

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