I think I could sit and watch wild Hippopotamus all day (my wife, however, would rather spend her time watching other animals as hippo behavior does not impress her). They are super interesting to watch and photograph. Hippos are fairly dangerous animals and are typically nocturnal, but they are still surprisingly active during the day. It is fascinating to watch the social structure of a group/raft of hippos. They can be extremely aggressive to each other as they fight for position in a small space of an otherwise open river area.
I took this photograph along the Grumeti River in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
I photographed this lioness in the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. It was mid-day, and several lionesses of a small pride came very close to us to take advantage of some rare shade. They looked strong, lean, and healthy. I like all the subtly coloring in her fur.
P.s. The little flies seem to be attracted to any source of water or moisture.
I thought I would do a few wildlife photographs tonight.
1) Spinner Dolphin, Kauai Hawaii
2) Vulture, California coast
3) Black Rhinoceros, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
4) Harbor Seal Pup, Point Lobos, California
5) Galapagos Shark, North Shore, Oahu
These two healthy Impala were part of a relatively large herd that I photographed near the Tarangire River in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa. Tarangire is a beautiful place with valleys of tall savannah trees, lush undergrowth, and tall grass. It seemed a bit like the Garden of Eden.
We had briefly seen a leopard in the area, and the Impala herd was a little agitated and carefully keeping watch for the leopard. Shortly after taking this photograph, the leopard leapt out of the grass, quickly pounced on one of the Impala, and just a quickly, they both disappeared into the tall grass. The herd, scattered a bit, regrouped around the young, and waited for a minute before reluctantly moving away.
We quietly stayed in the area and watched for signs of the leopard. After about half an hour of waiting, we spotted the leopard in a large nearby tree resting after the kill. It was interesting to see how quickly all the animals reacted and likewise how quickly they relaxed and went back to normal.
1-Looking down on a circling Galapagos Shark, North Shore Oahu
2-Young Elephant Seal sunning, California Coast
3-Coastal Brown Bear couple, Alaska
4-Hiding Cowtail Stingray, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
5-Hunting Lioness, Serengeti, Tanzania