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Old May 4, 2009, 8:54 PM   #1
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My 1st American Dipper (Yipeeeeee)

I have tried to find them a couple of times and never got the job done. Today I found them and now I know where their nest is so I can go back when there is good light. To get a wall hanger of one of these guys is going to take practice and real good anticipation.

What a interesting bird they go under water in a fast moving creek after food. All the time they are watching in the creek for food they are dipping up and down.

American Dipper Birds are also known as "Water Ouzels", and both names reflect their aquatic habits. Generally found near streams, American Dippers fish for a living. These birds dive under the water, and use their wings to "fly" underwater. American Dipper Birds may even walk along the bottom of a stream, pecking at the floor as though they were pecking on soil above ground. This characteristic "knee bend" movement that dips the bird's body up and down has helped give the Dipper Bird its name! It is thought that they can see as well when they are submerged as when they are on the surface. Mainly, American Dipper Birds fish for larval insects, although if they can find fish eggs or fish small enough for them to catch, they will take these too.

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They are never still. Bobbing up and down all the time.


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They stick their head all the way into the water looking for food.


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He just came back up after being under water for 10-15 seconds.


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This time he came up with lunch.


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Down the hatch.



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Old May 5, 2009, 4:54 AM   #2
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Great capture - Very
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Not sure what it wrong with those Roger, very nice.

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Great catch Roger!! Never seen one of these before. Well done!!

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Old May 5, 2009, 9:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the look and for the nice comment.

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Great catch Roger!! Never seen one of these before. Well done!!

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Hi Don, the one I want is when he is coming up from being on the bottom, half bird half water.

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nice shots!! I've never seen one of these either.

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Great series of a hard to photograph bird. Number 2 is special.

Seabirds and other diving water birds have special adaptations that allow their eyes to compensate for the differences in the refractive indices of air and water, but like humans, land birds do not. Dippers are unique among land birds in having developed these adaptations independently.
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nice shots!! I've never seen one of these either.

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Thanks for looking and for the kind words Dennis.

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Great series of a hard to photograph bird. Number 2 is special.

Seabirds and other diving water birds have special adaptations that allow their eyes to compensate for the differences in the refractive indices of air and water, but like humans, land birds do not. Dippers are unique among land birds in having developed these adaptations independently.


Thanks a bunch for the information. You are right they are tuff to get.

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