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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 Virtual Safari: The Week in Video #37

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing videos this week.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

James, those weaver birds are exquisite! – as you say, it will be wonderful if you can follow the story there. Presumably the Ximungwe young male is itinerant right now, which is/are the territorial males in the areas you’re seeing him?

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Fantastic videos of the weavers! As I have never been on a safari at this time of the year I have never seen the actual building of those nests. Great to watch it now. These nests are really so beautiful and the birds as well.
Great videos of the lions and the leopards as well and of course of all those hippos leaving the water.

Laura Eberly
Digital Ranger

Love the Weavers! Thanks!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I loved the weavers! It blows my mind how they can build such intricate nests without hands or thumbs.

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

Fascinating and informative shots of weaver birds. So busy grooming a home.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Great video James! The nest building shots are amazing. The detail that the males got through is incredible. Loved seeing the lions on the airstrip – can’t wait to be landing in it!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved the video🤗, keep them coming

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A nice virtual safari James. Loved the birds – they are so interesting to watch. Funny how we all like the big cats and other animals, but I find the birds really interesting. Thank you. Hope you all stay well and stay safe.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

The weaver bird male certainly built a good looking nest. Hopefully we’ll see little chicks in a few weeks. Your video was brilliant. I also was pleased to see the Ximungwe male on his own, belly full after his Impala kill. Thank you for continuing your virtual videos even though you’ve welcomed back guests- almost like I’m there.

Helen Montgomery

@Denise Vouri,

Kenneth Macleod

Thank you Jamo, quite the hippo stampede you set off, wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of that little traffic jam. Any ideas on what territory the Ximungwe young male will occupy, who he might come into conflict with and at what point does he get a name?

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What a wonderful bush morning in the bush! Hippos rushing off, beautiful birds building their complicated nests and lions blocking arrivals!! Thank you great fun to see. Victoria

Dave Mills
Senior Digital Ranger

James, thanks again for another grand video safari. You really capture all the best of Londolozi and South Africa. (My envy may show: as you and the lions bask in the hot sun, we here in northwest Wyoming, USA, hunker down, because it’s negative 17 C this morning. Oh, to zip to Londolozi.)

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Wow, that weaver nest and footage was simply beautiful! How lovely it must have been to just sit and absorb that.

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

I wish I could adequately express how very welcome these videos, posts and narratives are in these isolating times. Here in California, the virus continues to impact daily lives and it is such a joy to be able to watch and enjoy your hard work and interesting, educational posts. I greatly appreciate all of you and thank you beyond mere words for helping to get us through the difficulties. Look so forward to the day I hope to greet you in person, Stay well.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Always a pleasure to review the videos of the week. As always a wonderful mix of the magic that Londolozi brings the lighten our lives. Thanks James 💕🙏

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi, because of European lockdown we can’t travel by plane and land… well it’s nice to see that nature (lions in this case) wins! The adventure of the Ximungwe young male and the great hippo stampede also made my day. To end, such beautiful birds makes us think of spring in Christmas time

Joan Kift

James I am so excited to be here and hoping I can visit Londolozi soon.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Oh how we wish we were there! Isolating at home and longing for open skies and African bush and lions and leopards!

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