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In Hiding

In Hiding
Photo Information
Copyright: Rob Nicholls (nixpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 26 N: 121] (444)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon D60, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-25 4:17
Viewed: 5317
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken on the Chobe River in Botswana. The Chobe forms part of the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. It starts up in the highlands of Angola, crosses through the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and then meanders along between the two countries for some way before flowing into the mighty Zambezi. It changes name several times along the way from the Quando, to Kwando, to Linyanti before Chobe. When the Zambezi is at high levels the water pushes back up the Chobe changing the direction of the flow.

The area of the Chobe just up river from Kasane is one of the best in the world for photographing Hippo, Elephant and birdlife. One has a choice of boat cruising or game drives. The sunsets are also remarkable. A number of quality lodges service the somewhat excessive visitor demand.

Hippo spend most of their days lounging around either in or near water. At night they leave the water and graze on terra firma and will at times travel great distances to do so. When encountering them it is always best to allow them space to move to deep water where they feel safest.

This shot was taken from a small boat from a rather short distance. The hippos were munching casually and at times there were egrets walking accross their backs. This particular individual played a bit of a cat and mouse game with us for a while but eventually his curiosity got the better of him and he presented this view.

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Hi Rob
Great Capture,and composition, it is an animal which one often does not see on TN
In a friendly way Christophe

Superbe portrait Rob, j'aime beaucoup.
bravo !

Nice shot Rob. Very nice man

Hi Rob,
That's very good shot!
Excellent detail in the eye.

Great shot Rob!
Perfect POV and composition, superb details and first of all lovely scene.
The hippo looks great with all this things on his head.
I like the photo very much.

This is an excellent photo Rob! The exposure, details and sharpness are top-notch. Perfect POV!! Thanx for looking at my work also..

Where you wading with the hippos to get this POV? :)

Fantastic impact and the hippo does look as if it comes out of hiding. The hot spots on the right cheek is a bit distracting but I don't think I could have pulled this off as well as you did.

Keep 'em comming!

SUPERBE photo !!

L'éclairage et la prise de vue sont magnifique.


:) How on earth did you get this picture, Rob? Were you in one of those dug-out canoes in the Okavango? Very impressive. I don't think I ever want to get this close to a hippo. TFS.


  • Great 
  • omnia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-29 5:03]

Very good face shot! Nice to see it in the natural habitat, and content like that. Very sweet.

  • Great 
  • Walt Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-30 21:19]

These are fascinating guys but it's often difficult to get a good shot... you succeeded admirably with this one. Great detail and composition. Good job!

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-03 2:52]

Hi Rob, this is a great shot. I love the low angle view and the hipp with all the strands of vegetation looks great, even a little mischievous! The lighting is good although a little more on the nose/face would be even better, I suppose asking the hippo to turn around a bit is out of the question!

Lovely picture, well done.

A fantastic wonderful picture!!!!!

This photo is so cute, like a little child who thinks they are completely hidden behind a small tree just because they can't see you. I love the grass over his head, and the blurry background. The light reflecting off of his face is nice also, hard to imagine this adorable looking face can be such a dangerous creature. I would have been terrified being this close to him, well done.

Rec'd you message from my previous photos and I do get the message. I spend most of my time on TL and TE with bulk of pictures. Now if I could only see the hippo's teeth...Great photo and thanks

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