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Meet a Red River Hog
Photograph by Michael Nichols

Looking up in surprise at the sight of an alien human, a red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus) spots photographer Nichols, who hid on his stomach in high grass to snap the unsuspecting quarry. Also called bush pigs, red river hogs forage in large herds, often from 20 to 50 animals. "You're looking at a leopard's favorite food," says Nichols.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 300mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment or Comments: I saw the group and snuck hundreds of yards in tall grass. This gentleman spotted me while he fed.


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