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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 #43

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Loved the videos this week.

Dave Mills
Senior Digital Ranger

You use a drone for some shots, correct? Its propellers make a noise, correct? Yet, the animals your drone follows seem unaware of it. Do you try to stay at or above a certain height or distance from the animals, or have they simply become accustomed to the sound? Thanks, as always, for delightful footage and commentary. All the best for a grand 2021 from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA.

James Tyrrell

Hi Dave,
yes it is always at a distance so as not to disturb the animals and if any discomfort is shown by them it is immediately brought in…

Suzanne Gibson
Master Tracker

Thank you again James. Loved seeing you drive along the airstrip, always makes me feel like I’m there. And the footage of those 3 elephant bulls at the end with the pan behind them – magnificent!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James Tyrrell, I loved the video🤗

Corne Pruis

Love the pictures 😉

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What a great week of the blog. I have to say South Africa has the most beautifully colored birds! Never seen a gray headed kingfisher. On our last visit we turned off the road and met a male elephant in must a d very unhappy to see us! Alfie backed us out of there in a hurry. the Wildebeest calves and I love how tha herd herds them into the center of the herd and then makes a protective circle around them. We had been following a pack of wild dogs on the hunt and the hyenas were joining around the water hole where the wildebeests were. First Time i had seen that behavior ! thanks for a wonderful
few moments on Sunday morning! Victoria

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

The wildebeest new born calf was gorgeous, and to see how quickly it gets on its feet. Tawny eagles eating on a monitor lizard with the chick is always a good sighting. Elephants with their bodies still wet from the water and walking through the thickets, so beautiful.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

How cute was that newborn Wildabeest!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A nice virtual safari James. Too bad we missed out on the wilde birth, but maybe next time. I find it totally amazing that the calves are up and walking right after birth. As you commented – with hjmans it takes us months to do that. Huge bull ellies were a welcome sight, as were the kingfishers. Thanks for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe to all at Londolozi.

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Another great week… I always love the color combinations of the kingfisher… so beautiful… great sightings
Thank you

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Terrific videos this week James. Love the kingfishers and eagles, as well as the baboons. The elephants are great!!

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

Another gloriously fascinating week of video and narration! I have a question…..with so many species of poisonous snakes, why do none of you wear protective snake boots?? Has anyone ever been bitten?

James Tyrrell

Hi Linda,
Thankfully the snakes tend to be very shy and move off when they know we are approaching…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Super Sunday video, especially the wobbly wildebeest calf and the elephant bulls. Too bad about not finding the dogs, but there’s always something else to see. Thank you for continuing these videos!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Lovely video. It is amazes again and again how those new born wildebeest or impala lambs can walk and run around so soon after being born. Watching elephants is always somehow soothing and great fun.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

I love these videos every week, please keep it up! And the droneshots are great too…..

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Great video! Fantastic pictures from the top of the tree with the eagle and the chick! What a view they have!! Absolutly amazingly beautiful!! Skillful that you managed to film it!

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

I look forward to these Virtual Safari’s every week, along with the Blogs. The bush looks beautiful and the elephant bulls were magnificent! Thank you for sharing!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Just wonderful reliving this week’s videos. Super variety James ❤️🙏 a big thumbs up.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

One of those really fascinating videos. We could almost SMELL the Bush after rain through the screen! Yes, the video of those 3 large and beautiful Elephant Bulls walking along the path near the dam was wonderful! What a variety of animals and birds. Very well done and MOST enjoyable! thank you so much! Wendy and Neil

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

James, in that last drone shot of the bull Ellies, the bush actually looks quite a bit drier than I would have imagined at this time of year……is that just a bit of a microclime difference, or have you received less rainfall overall than other parts of the Sabi Sands?

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