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Old May 4, 2004, 7:44 AM   #1
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Two Dippers on the Water of Leith near Edinburgh. The one on the right is offering the one on the left a food item (some kind of aquatic larvae ?). Anyway, I think they're both adults and that this is some kind of bonding behaviour.



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Old May 4, 2004, 10:13 AM   #2
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I really like the composition of this shot! The bird's head on the right is not as crisp as the rest of the bird and the other bird (almost seems as if the greenery was the focal point).
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My guess is that its motion blur from the head moving during the food offering. The rest of the right bird is sharp.

It is a bonding/mating ritual thing. I know of several birds that do this, actually. I have seen Cedar Waxwings and Cardnals do it (never caught it on film, but I want to.)

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Old May 5, 2004, 3:23 AM   #4
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Your right Eric. The birds were under a shady bank and the photo was taken at 1/80th of a second at f5.6. I was pleasantly surprised that anything was sharp

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Old May 12, 2004, 3:07 PM   #5
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Graham, that is a wonderful photo of the White-throated Dipper. You are correct, both are adults. Someday I hope to visit your side of the world to see them.

Yesterday I happened to be surveying bridges across Colorado to locate nesting American Dippers. I have been studying dippers using the nesting boxes which I developed about 18 years ago. Whenever possible, I band (ring) the nestlings and adults to learn about dispersal. Here's a (not very good) photo of some great subjects, American Dipper nestlings begging for food.

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if you can...just try to take the shot exactly like that...but at 5 or 6 oclock....just before sunset...the lighting would be more even.....or you could take it 5 or 6 in the morning...lol...depending the direction that birdhouse is facing...
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Thanks Hummer ! I love your photo of the hungry mouths.

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