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Hippopotamus


Hippopotamus
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-20 7:06
Viewed: 2904
Points: 19
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This was taken at ground zero (banks of Mara river) of the great Masai Mara migration. Actually got down from the vehicle and headed towards the bank to get a good shot. It was getting dark and hence lighting was a bit of a challenge. What I saw there cannot be forgotten. Millions of bones of wildbeast lying all over the place. Had to literally find our way to the banks. I wanted to take a better picture of the yawn, but this is the best what i got. I hope you all like this and thanks for standing by.

The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse" is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the Pygmy Hippopotamus.) The hippopotamus is the third largest land animal (after the elephant and the white rhinoceros) and the heaviest extant artiodactyl, despite being considerably shorter than the giraffe.

The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers and lakes where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.

Despite their physical resemblance to pigs and other terrestrial even-toed ungulates, their closest living relatives are cetaceans (whales, porpoises, etc.) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago. The common ancestor of whales and hippos split from other even-toed ungulates around 60 million years ago. The earliest known hippopotamus fossils, belonging to the genus Kenyapotamus in Africa, date to around 16 million years ago.

The hippopotamus is recognizable by its barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. It is the third-largest land mammal by weight (between 1 and 3 tonnes), behind the white rhinoceros (1 to 3 tonnes) and the three species of elephant (3 to 9 tonnes). Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been clocked at 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances. The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. There are an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 hippos throughout Sub-Saharan Africa; Zambia (40,000) and Tanzania (20,00030,000) possess the largest populations. They are still threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

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You have brought back great images from your Kenyan safari, Sujoy.
Despite failing light, you have managed the 'yawn' shot of this Hippo very well. As a matter of fact, the twilight gives a special look to this image.
Well done and TFS.
Ram

hello Sujoy
very nice composition with good details
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Sujoy. Interesting wild capture in very godo detals and DOF. Intrigaant environment.

Roberto

Hello Sujoy,
This is a wonderfull image of an experience never to be forgotten. Fabulous Africa fabulously represented here...and you were brave too.
Neels

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Ciao Suyoj, what a mouth, lovely composition with beautiful couple, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Hello Sujoy,

another great image taken by you.
good of sharpness and low pov.
Fine colors.
An very nice meeting with these mammals.

Gert

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-20 12:17]

Hello Sujoy,
this is a very nice shot. Very good POV, framing and sharpness too. This is a very nice composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Sujoy,
a beautiful capture of the Hippopotamus, good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, a nice composition with a great posture of this big animal
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-21 0:39]

Hello Sujoy,
A very good capture in excellent light,colors and fine details.Nice composition.FS.
regards,
Drzan

Hi Sujoy,
a nice situation and composition. I would have liked it better if your pic had been a bit brighter.
best regards
Pierre

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