According to our driver, this poor hypo was a victim of the dry season. It left the pond for search of some fresh water and could apparently never make it back. Not a pleasant moment for a hypo, but the scavengers, a marabou stork and a gang of vultures, are quite fond of the situation.
Safaris sometimes can become difficult for the faint-hearted, but if you are a good student of the NG documentaries, you already know that this is the normal and (hopefully) everlasting cycle of life.
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SnapRJW (23538) 2013-10-10 9:01
Hello Deniz - I have to say these bird's are not my favourites, they always make me think of undertakers especially the Marabou Storks but as you say, they are part and parcel of the great cycle of life. The poor hippo is now a thing of the past and it looks as if there is very little left to peck at. Soon he will be reduced to bleached, white bones. A well captured DL shot with typical African hues. Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-10-10 11:05
I think of storks and I picture them delivering babies in ribbons, cute fluffy things, but that guy on the left is a monster! The vultures look cuddly in comparison to him with his stark harsh face, scary stance and a look of sheer murder in his eyes. Thanks for sharing knowledge of this creepy avian, and in such an appropriate setting too. RIP Hippo!
ktanska (22648) 2013-10-10 11:50
Looks like an unforgettable encounter. Even for such big birds there's a huge amount of meat available. At least they get enough to eat. It is also quite obvious that landscape is very dry at the moment. Good tightly framed action shot.
oss (385) 2013-10-10 12:34
The circle of life. Cruel but the way it is. Great shot, good framing.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-10 13:39
You are still alive and posting then! This looks like a night out with the kind of birds who live in may area! Even the biggest beasts don't stand a chance!
delpeoples (48576) 2013-10-10 14:03
Merhaba dear Deniz
Welcome back to you, and thank you for your lovely (and funny) critique welcoming me back!
Well what can I say here? Life is not all about roses, and this photo certainly shows that. Well, it's no bed of rose for the poor hippo, but the birds seem to be having a party. I can never watch wildlife films that depict such images, as it makes me sad to see animals dying, but as you observe, it is all part of the chain of life. A photo that is superbly composed and executed. It packs a real punch and will stay in my thoughts all day I think.
PS: I like both your interpretations of 2013 Te Amo, but I think the first one is the most accurate - and funny. We were also in my beloved Italia. My family would disown me if we were in the neighbourhood and did not visit. And my soul needs the Bel Paese :)
daddo (20621) 2013-10-10 15:34
Greetings Deniz. You mention National Geo docos and on seeing this photo initially, I thought it must be old since the colours and overall exposure reminded me of the old NG magazines. Timeless scene, we hope. Regards. Klaudio.
emka (64124) 2013-10-10 22:59
New photo from you, how great. it is not for faint-hearted but it is the life. IO witnessed the scene in Botswana when two hyenas hunted the big herd of impalas. I was very glad that impalas survived but on the pother hand, the hyenas also want to live. The tragedy is when the man comes with the gun and kills for his own pleasure. Poor hippo, not much left. Superb shot from Africa.
Warm regrads Malgo
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-11 0:41
good title for an interesting photo!
nature is smart and can really do well without human interference.
Tony has captured it right-circle of life.
gojo (1317) 2013-10-11 2:45
Nice to see something from You again!,
Brutalism, a new ism maybe.
Very effective with the almost monochrome tones.
They seem to be efficient.
lousat (64069) 2013-10-11 9:37
Hi Deniz,i seen a scene like this many years ago in Senegal,this is a great memory to me and a very lucky meeting for you,beautiful rich composition whit great details and colors....i like it!! Obviously in Senegal there was a donkey and not an hippo for dinner..ehehe...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
macjake (45574) 2013-10-12 7:57
its hard to pick 1 photo from your recent uploaded shots as i love them all, especially your newest one of the tiger!
but I chose this one because of the Stork and the Vulture.
they look so cool and so evil!
just looking at the stork i can't help but think he's up to something really bad!!!! hahaha
wonderful photo of the cycle of life, and I'm sure they'll pick the bones totally dry.
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-10-13 10:51
Ciao Deniz, interesting scene, fantastic wild life view, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio
tober (8795) 2013-10-28 6:19
Bu sadece iyi gözlemci bir safaricinin yakaladığı bir enstantane değil; aynı zamanda günlük yaşama ve hatta dünya düzenine ilişkin dersler de içeren bir kare. Tebrikler.
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (32746)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 8:46