Hippopotamus Pod: Long Pool Mana

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Another old image rejenerated.  Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu) pod in Long Pool at Mana during the late afternoon as the sun was setting. Hippos lack sweat glands and are unable to cool themselves outside water. They are extremely sensitive to sunburn and their bodies secrete a lymphatic fluid to help protect themselves. Some say they issue blood in place of sweat to cool themselves out of water, but this is a myth. This is one of the deadliest mammals to man in Africa.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/160sec; ISO-160; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

2 thoughts on “Hippopotamus Pod: Long Pool Mana

  1. That lovely warm lighting, provides the subtle textures which turn a photograph from something ordinary into that special occasion. A few hours earlier and this picture which just be another pic of hippos. On another front this time of day signals the approach of chibuli time.

  2. Thank you Andy, you are much too modest when you rate your work – all your photos transport me to the moment. This one is minutes away from the water going that oily pink and the whole smell and sound of the bush changing heralding in the taste of a sundowner and the smell of braaing meat.

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