A female hippo protecting her baby while frightened by the close flight of a Goliath Heron.

by GRENOUILLET Marie-France
(France)

The hippo is startled by the Goliath Heron...

The hippo is startled by the Goliath Heron...

The hippo is startled by the Goliath Heron... ...and takes evasive action to protect its baby The heron lies on while the hippo looks on

May 2012, in Zimbabwe, we took a boat trip from Ruckomechi Camp Lodge on Lower Zambezi, we saw a huge Goliath Heron on an island preparing for take-off, we took pictures of him in flight until he reached a big female hippo. As he arrives flying beyond the hippo with her baby, the female hippo was suddenly aware of a danger, she comes nearer her baby, she tried to protect him, she makes him hide into the water, for the Goliath Heron life goes on.
My pictures in Lower Zambezi: "A female hippo protecting her baby while frightened by the close flight of a Goliath Heron".

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Jul 21, 2012
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Nature in action!
by: Rinze

Talking about being in the right place at the right time and then having your camera ready to click as well! I love the photos, thank you for sharing with us! It is little interplays like this that I really enjoy. The heron does not even realise the anxious moment it caused the mother hippo.

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