As we’re out by the Khwai River in Botswana, I stand with my friend Lucky on a wide grassy plain which borders a branch of the river. A herd of springbok is grazing peacefully on the plain, while a few of the young bulls start their turf wars. As we’re watching the springbok, I suddenly become aware of a hippo, slowly moving through the branch of the river some distance away. Something about the animal attracts my attention. I definitely want to photograph it. Instinctively, I change my position and the follow the hippo through my camera’s viewfinder. I stay lying on my front for half an hour, the hippo in my viewfinder at all times, until I can finally capture this unique moment. Its mouth is wide open, saliva and water spraying out. Two relaxed red-billed oxpeckers are sitting on the animal’s back.
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Hippopotamus in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. (Limited Edition)
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