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Direitos de Autor: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2010-07-13
Categorias: Mammals
Câmara: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG OS
Exposição: f/5.6, 1/80 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2011-01-25 1:00
Visto: 2759
Pontos: 12
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
While on a sundowner cruise on lake St Lucia, we spotted this group of hippo catching the last rays of sunlight on a sandbank.

Hippopotamus amphibius is as mean as a viper and a filthy pig besides. The name hippopotamus literally means "river horse" from the Greek (hippos=horse and potamus=river)

The hippo, found today throughout sub-Saharan Africa, is considered by many experts, explorers and Africans to be the most dangerous animal in Africa (not counting the mosquito). Crocodiles and cape buffaloes are badasses, too, but nobody seems to have kept an actual body count for any of these species and they don't have belts to notch. They've all killed way more people than Africa's lions have. The hippo is extremely aggressive, unpredictable and unafraid of humans, upsetting boats sometimes without provocation and chomping the occupants with its huge canine teeth and sharp incisors. Most human deaths occur when the victim gets between the hippo and deep water or between a mother and her calf. I've read descriptions of their ground-rumbling charges--bellowing loudly, swinging their heads like giant sledgehammers, the massive open mouth with slashing teeth.

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Hi, Thomas,
i really love these guys,my wife adorably calls me hipo,thats not why i love them,but they looks so innocent and puchupuchu..thanks for sharing
greetings from india.

Excellent photo and informative note. I think cropping to portrait format will also give good composition. Have never taken a photo muyself but I can imagine it is an opportunity that does not often present itself. Well done, Peter.

Hi Peter
although massive and big I think that the hippo is difficult to photograph because seldom seen in good pose.
This one is lovely
well done

Looking at them in a photo like this one, it is hard to believe that they are by far the most dangerous animals in Africa.
Well captured Peter and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2011-01-25 3:11]

Hello Peter,
Very nice photo of this hippo in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. He is looking so cute, but you can't rely on them, as you write in your note. When I was camping in Uganda, years ago, I once had a meeting with one of them in the middle of the night. Fortunately it turned out well.


Good detail and sharpness of the subject. Ialso like your composition and side lighting of the subject.

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