Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

This hippopotamus portrait is a beautiful depiction of this animal’s hot-tempered nature. The hippo is looking rather grumpy while staring at the camera!

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 9 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/640s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 320mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5184 by 3456 pixels (WxH).

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This hippopotamus portrait is a beautiful depiction of this animal’s hot-tempered nature. The hippo is looking rather grumpy while staring at the camera! As you can see, a layer of stacked bodies is right behind our confronting friend. Additionally, a flowing river and grassy bank the following suit. Another noticeable fact is the pinkish color around its’ eyes, ears, and underbelly.

Hippopotamuses bask in the sun along the banks of rivers, and they secrete an oily red substance. That is to moisten their skin and protect them against the harmful rays of the sun. More so, it can protect against germs and bacteria. The intimidating stare in this hippopotamus portrait emulates how we consider them as one of the world’s most dangerous animals. Be that as it may, they are only territorial in water. However, once they are on land and confronted with danger, they will often run towards the water. Hippopotamuses can close their nostrils and ears to prevent water from entering. That is why hippo calves can suckle on land or underwater.

Unfortunately, the population is in decline. Most dramatically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hippos are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

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