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)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

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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

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Hippo Rising

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Hippo pod squabbles and rising are quite common and noisy too. This pod was captured on camera shortly prior to last light, when hippos generally stir before leaving the pan in search of food. Something disturbed the hippo raising its head. Just another early evening at Long Pool, Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 1/750 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Steaming Up

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This Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu), apparently the loan resident of this small pan, rises to blow out his nostrils and make his presence known. He is just a little too close for comfort. Hippos do not swim or float, but resurface ever 3 to 5 minutes to take in air and, apparently, they even rise to take a breath when asleep! An amazing, but dangerous beast, the Hippo is the third largest land mammal in Africa.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/160 sec; f/4.5; ISO 360; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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“Around the age of thirty it struck me that a continuous self-focus was an act of gossip – about oneself, to oneself. Turning one’s gaze within might be an effective antidote to the national faith in material redemption, but by itself this habit of inwardness would only encourage a chattering of selves. I wanted my attention elsewhere. Photography was perfect. Its beginning entails the very discovery of elsewhere, and where it lies.”

– John Rosenthal

Hippopotamus in Hyacinth

 

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This Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu) was jealously guarding this hyacinth infested pool when the photographer approached hoping to get one of those hippo mouth gaping moments, but alas this one was in no mood for bush paparazzi portraiture that day. The contrast of the wonderfully green hyacinth and the occasional sprig of blossoming mauve flower makes this a splendid image, which the author was lucky to capture.
(Canon 50D; f/6,3; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography