Hippo Watching

Occasionally, if you watch a pod of hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) long enough you are going to get just the shot you are looking for.   Here a hippo is just about to go through the motions of a warning gape, extending its mouth wide open and showing its teeth.  The beast was curious about its observer.  In his book ‘The behaviour Guide to African Mammals’ Richard Estes describes the hippopotamus as being socially schizophrenic.  It is highly gregarious in water and solitary while foraging on the land.  They are also noisy in the water and mostly silent on land.  This image was used on the cover of a local publication, Ndeipi, in August 2012
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/200sec; ISO-200; 400mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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