This image was taken one early morning just before sunrise, at the Caprivi-strip in the far north-east of Namibia. The rest of Namibia may be extremely dry, this narrow strip of land bordering Angola and Botswana is humid and wet.

One early morning I went out on the water in a tiny boat, because I knew that the pre-glow of the rising sun would nicely reflect off the water's surface. I also knew there was a pod of hippos that would make a great subject.

When I arrived at the pod, this large bull rose from the water and looked me straight in the eye. They do this to impress intruders of their territory, and I can tell you that it works like a charm. :-)

Hippos are considered to be the most dangerous mammals in Africa, because they cause the largest number of deaths each year. Hippos are extremely territorial when they're in the water, and because they're submerged very often, it can be difficult to avoid them.

The combination of low light levels, a moving subject, a long lens and a wobbly boat made it difficult to get critically sharp images, but luckily I managed to get a few.

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