Hippopotamus in its pool at the end of the day. Masai Mara National Park, Kenya April 2014
The bird is a Yellow-billed Oxpecker which had to fly off any time the hippopotamus submerged itself in the dark green waters. It came back as soon as the big perch re-appeared. Botswana, October 2011.
Suppose you’re a crocodile and you want to cross a river. What would be better than avoiding water altogether by walking on the back of hippos? Nothing, except that hippos are not zebras. Click on the picture to see the whole story. After all, there is no surprise when you know that, in Africa, the… Read More
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, Hippopotame, hipopótamo común). Masai Mara, Kenya, September 2008.
After about 10 days out of France, I am back from the Masai Mara National Reserve (in Kenya). I brought back about 30 GB of wildlife photos (around 1700-1800 images) to be sorted out in the coming days. You can expect series of published images here on a regular basis.
Hippopotamus are large herbivorous from the same family as the horse. they seem quite peaceful but have a lot of available energy (and a considerable mass). Even if it is possible to encounter them out of water during the day, they prefer to avoid sun shine (they risk dying from sun exposure) and only eat… Read More
Life in the wild savanah is a weird mix of leisurly quiet life (herbivorous graze in the sun, lions sleep in the shade of a tree, hippos float lazily in a river) and of terrible activity (antelopes are always alert about what is happening around, felines start running as fast as they can in order… Read More