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Pigmy Hippo

Pigmy Hippo
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 15:27
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pigmy Hippo [Choeropsis liberiensis]

This is a cute dwarf hippo, a lot smaller than common hippo. Its length is only about 1 meter, smaller than cow, but bigger than goat.

Some zoologists replace the genus Hexaprotodon with Choeropsis. More pig-like than its larger relative, the pygmy hippo's scientific status has been quite varied - when it was first described, many dismissed it as a stunted freak, a dwarf subspecies or a juvenile specimen of the common hippopotamus. After its initial description, when no more news of the pygmy hippo reached the west, many scientists wrote it off - whatever it was - as extinct. However, its true status - as a distinct and existent species - was proven by Schomburgk in 1911, when he captured five live specimens and brought them back to Europe. The name hippopotamus is from hippos (Greek) a horse, and potamos (Greek) a river - although "river-pig" would be much more appropriate! While this ungulate is large in comparison to most others, it gets its name 'pygmy' from the fact that it is much smaller than the river hippopotamus..

Pygmy hippos have numerous resting places throughout their territory, which they use exclusively when sleeping. These resting places are usually found in moist to wet terrain. Pygmy hippos seek food on higher, drier ground, and are most active between 6 pm and midnight. Both sexes have home ranges, though those of males are much larger than those of females: a female's range covering 100-150 acres, and a male's covering about 400 acres. Despite extensive overlapping of home ranges, pygmy hippopotamuses rarely meet others of their species. Indeed, they actively avoid encounters with others, presumably through dung marking. Most movements are along 'roads' - cleared paths, canals, and tunnels - which are used by several hippos. During the breeding season, males seek out receptive females, who tolerate the males' presence when in heat. Mating takes place on land and in the water throughout a period of two days, in which 1-4 copulations may occur. When threatened, pygmy hippos usually flee: trotting into the dense jungle for a short ways, then hiding till the danger has passed. Normally silent, they have been recorded snorting, grunting, hissing, groaning, and squeaking.

Family group: Solitary.
Diet: Water plants, grasses, fallen fruit, leaves.
Main Predators: Leopard.

Captured at Indonesia Safari Park at Cisarua, West Java.

JoseMiguel, Juyona, mikou, cedryk, fiyo, Ken52, pablominto, SkyF, s_a_s_h_a, hester, lovenature, stevkds, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Nice Hippo shot very well composed with good detail. Exposure of reflections of the wet skin dealt with well great clarity TFS rgds Necip.

Hello Benyamin,
Absolutly stunning the effect of the dark skin and the great illumination used!.
You got plenty of colors on the skin reflections.
Texture and details are excellents.
DOF makes a subtle background with the accent of the two green leaves.
A really wonderful composition, I like a lot the frame used.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

Hi Benyamin,
It´s a cute species not usualy seen at TN. The portrait is excellent. The water reflections permit to see well in the similar tone BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-08 16:44]

Hola Benyamin, buen retrato y buenos detalles, y buen bg. saludos y TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-08 17:27]

Hi Benyamin.
This is great portrait.Amazing details and superb efect with lighting on wet body.Perfect POV and very nice composition.Good dark blurry background.
Well done nice work.
TFS and greetings Milos

hi benyamin!
great portrait on a mighty animal
goos sharpness and nice with the
wet body
well done!

Hola Benyamin,
Excelente retrato con gran nitidez y muy buenas texturas. Un saludo

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-08 20:43]

Hello Benyamin,
Very nice portrait of this hippo :-) I like the way you pictured its skin, wet, with light reflections yet with all the details. Also an excellent control of DOF.
Best greetings,

hi benyamin,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
tfs & regards

Hello Benyamin,
Nice pov and composition. Great sharpness and color saturation. Well seen picture.

Belle photo,cet hyppo est superbe,presque vivant sur la photo. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Ben,
I didn't even know that this specie exists actually. They must be very funny to see :-) This is a very nice portrait of this strange guy. The texture of his wet skin is amazing. I like this brilliance, POV, composition and details you caught. This is really unusual specie. Thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-09 9:53]

Hi Ben.
Lovely shot of this cute "kiddy". You have used a macro lens not vainly : )). I like the composition of the picture, perfect details and sharpness of the hippo image and amazing reflection of polish of the skin. The value of aperture is selected very well too. My compliments and TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-09 12:59]

Hello Benyamin,
Great shot with excellent details and composition. TFS

Hello Ben,m

Excllen work, Great colors Bg POV nicly composed and capture portrait, excllent details very crisp, nice work,

TFS Kyle

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-09 22:11]

Hi Ben. Nice job on the hippo. The exposure looks perfect. Excellent focus, you even see the whiskers! Nice composition too.

Hello Benyamin,
Great details in this fine portrait!
I love the details and what I choose to see as a facial expression...
Wide apreture ensure blurry back, and the subject is well framed!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-10 22:11]

Hello Benyamin.

A very informative post.I learned alot from it.The portrait is very good,showing lots of detail with good sharpness and well saturated colours.Well composed in the frame.TFS


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-11 17:48]

Hi Ben!
I never saw something like this animal, interesting note, great shot and details, Thanks!

very wet and quite unlike the adult..i can see the formation of the lower jaw and nose areas..i havent seen one so close and find it extremely interesting and estimate it to be quite young..

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-01-12 11:31]

what a strange looking hippo. It's very cute. Very good portrait.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-13 8:26]

Hello Ben,
interesting and wondeful capture, this hippo looks very cute. Love the reflection on its wet skin and its sharp to the whiskers. Lovely composition, complemented by a very nice frmae.

Hello Benyamin,
It's a great portrait of Pigmy Hippo.

Good work

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-16 14:09]

Lovely hippo shot, lovely refelctions on the wet skin. Great POV and nice details



Hello Benyamin
This Pigmy Hippo is certainly cute. I like the way he is stretching and smelling the air. The detail, colours and composition are great. Really interesting notes.
TFS Janice

Hi Benyamin.
Nice Hippo picture. Very good detail. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Your notes are EXCELLENT. You are a KIND man to share your knowledge.
The image seems to have "LIFE" in it.
Regards from Calgary from Mario.

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