Hippo Rising

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This is a shot that many a wild life photographer will have taken over the years, but each one is unique, despite the common concept. This hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu) was part of a very large pod and had popped his head up to observe the threat. Some suggest that ‘hippo’ have no facial expression, but it is all in the eyes. This beast is definitely giving off expression, probably to the tune that the photographer was invading its privacy, before submerging and honking that all too familiar call to African wildlife observers.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III /EF200-400mm F/4 IS USM EXT; 1/640 sec; f/6.3; ISO 1,600; 560mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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3 thoughts on “Hippo Rising

  1. Andrew,

    As ever a great picture.

    It reminded me of a fish trip many years ago I did with the late Charley Masterson, we had flown from Bulawayo to Kariba with the Late Mike Garde and there met up with Gust Gustafason and boarded the Miranda Mike’s company’s boat, and crossed the Lake to near Spurwing.

    Charley and I went fishing in the motorised Miranda dingy, Charley fishing me driving. We moored next to some drowned trees and Charley promptly got stuck into some Bream.

    Just then I saw a line of bubbles heading towards us, called to Charley started the Bass Motor, being electric no ropes to pull and buttons to press, he inboarded his rods and we snuck off and stopped some 100 metres or so away and watched a Hippo breach where we had been,

    Charley had the rods out and was just about ready to cast when the bubble line reappeared so again off we went, this time the Hippo surfaced about 15 meters away, looking just like your picture.

    We snuck off back to where the Miranda was moored.


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