Big Mouth Hippo

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Not sure if this silly river horse is threatening, waiting for the ball to come to him, or he is simply just bored with my company. It’s usually a threat to intruders, and Africa’s hippopotami are well known for being the most dangerous mammal to encounter. Surprisingly, this beast is supposedly territorial only in its waters, yet some will attest to vicious attacks on land, if they survive.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/350 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 100mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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Hippo Chase

Hippo Racing_2018_07_27_1356The tranquillity of the pan, during the late afternoons, may sometimes be disturbed by the occasional hippo chase around the surrounding trees. This sudden burst of energy usually involves a dominant male and a lesser minion, and with 2-3 tonne plus mass galloping at 30 km/h, they are best avoided.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/350 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 135mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

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Hippo Blobbing

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Hippopotamus capturing the last rays of sunshine, while blobbing in Long Pool, Mana Pools just before leaving the water to feed at last light.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/350 sec; f/8; ISO 400; 560mm)

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Splash!

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Watch a pod of Hippopotamus for long enough and you will always see a squabble erupt. This time, two males ran out of the water, the bigger one giving chase. Off they went around a larger thicket at the side of the pan, and then, two tonnes at a time, they splash back into the water with great gusto.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/11; ISO 1250; 188mm)

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Battle of the Bulge

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The smaller water pans in Mana Pools are often occupied by a single hippopotamus or two and not quite the larger pods we associate with the nearby, bigger pools and rivers. When other pans in the area begin to dry up, some beasts will migrate from pan to pan looking for a new place to settle, giving rise to sometimes unwanted visitors. The unwelcome guest on the left seemed determined to move in and the consequent squabble erupted. Much gnashing of teeth, wallowing and noise endured. By all accounts the “squatter” eventually enjoyed his rights. As they say, sharing is caring.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM; 1/2000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 180mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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