As my grandmother used to say: no weekend is complete without a mini hippo gallery popping up in your feed.
Wise woman, she. (And you’re welcome.)
Here are a few shots of hippos that populate the Kazinga Channel in western Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, a wide 32-kilometer long channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. I was told later that the channel is home to one of the planet’s largest concentrations of hippos; in parts of the channel they indeed were the proverbial dime a dozen.
Some characterize hippos as cute, but I can’t. I never have, and seeing them in the wild didn’t change my mind. They’re massive, clumsy, oddly columnar and stocky in shape and hairless — expect for around their wildly out-of-scale tiny ears.
They swam and bobbed passively in the water as our boat glided by, veiling their reputation as one of the most dangerous and unpredictable animals in Africa. Swimming nearby is not a good idea.
The channel is also home to a sizable population of Nile crocodiles but with our visit coming a few hours after a long hard rain, they stayed away and we didn’t see any. We were treated to a nice cross section of the several dozen species of birds that live along the shores. A post featuring those is forthcoming next week.
For the record: the lead photo, which serves proudly as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,191st (!) straight, was snapped in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park on 30 March 2017.