Common Hippopotamus - Mammals

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Common Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)  After morning, the last hippopotamuses which got separated the most from the water during the night, return to the water. The Luangwa River region has one of the most highest concentrations of hippopotamuses in Africa. That is why I take great precaution during photographing to have an open space of more than 10 meters behind me, or (on the contrary) to have a steep and high bank of several meters where there are no hippopotamus trails. And that was exactly the position from which I photographed this hippopotamus. A flock of Red-billed Oxpeckers, which perched down on him, compelled me to press the shutter release.
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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/500 s
aperture:7.1
stativ:GITZO 1541T + MA 322RC 2
ISO:640
location:South Luangwa, Zambia
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