American Dipper

Today was the Christmas Bird Count day in the Bow Valley, the night before there was a weather alert for this morning. Temperature around - 32 Celsius and called for heavy winds to bring windchill to under - 42. Waking up this morning the alert was removed, the temperature was only - 24 and the windy was only bringing it down to - 38. Piece of cake, well it was while wearing a coat loaned to me for the day by a friend, with the heavy parka, cold was never an issue except for my hand when I took pictures. And I only did that when there was a good chance of getting a good image, the one attached was the best one of an amazing bird, the American Dipper, who did not seem to be bothered by the cold weather as he went in and out of the open water to find food. The three friends I was with and others out in the valley were challenged today, but in a small way we got to connect with this dipper and few other birds we came across on a very cold day. And for them there is no warm home to go to at the end of the day.

Until next moment,

Amar

American Dipper

American Dipper

Just had finished taking pictures of a sunset, it was then time to find the American Dipper I was hearing. I started to walk along the river I was standing next to. Just a section of the river had open water, within few mintues I was standing about twenty meters from the dipper. It was diving into the water to look for food, when it would come out of the water, I would take its pictures

Until next moment,

Amar

American Dipper

One of the birds I enjoy watching is the American Dipper, particularly in the winter. Even with its small size, its easily recognizable from a distance due to it's bobbing up and down during pauses between feeding. Putting the dipper and a Spotted Sandpiper together would give any contestants on the TV show Dancing with the Stars run for their money.Producing more oil then most birds, helps keeps the water off when seeking food underwater. Not a drop remains when it pops out of water, which comes in handy diving underwater all year around.  

 In the case of the attached picture, the dipper was in a small pool of water surrounded by snow and ice. Spent close to an hour watching it and taking its pictures while it caught several small fishes. As it fished and ate I kept taking pictures while close to the ground. I wanted it to move close to the dry grass next to the water, within time it did. It dived into the water and seconds later it was on the ice with a fish in its bill. As it gave the fish few shakes with its eyelids closed, with the light reflecting off the  ripples to its front I grabbed the attached image.

Until next moment,

Amar

American Dipper

I was near the Cascade River when I heard the song of a American Dipper. Took a minute to locate it and then I started to photograph it. It kept singing and I kept taking its pictures. There I was lying along the shore of the river to get the above image. Once I was finish with the photograph, then it was time to eat and listen to the song of the dipper. It kept singing even after I had done eating. Eventually I had to leave, leaving the dipper singing and waiting for mate to come by.

Until next moment,

Amar

American Dipper

I had few days off and was determined to find birds to take pictures of. The first day I was out, light snow was falling and was not hearing lot of birds. Those that I heard were far or did not stay for me to take pictures of. Then I came across a small open pool of water with an American Dipper on the far side, going in and out of the water looking for food. It was comfortable with me across the water and went about it business. The light was not the best, but this also kept the birds surrounding simple under the overcast sky. I decided to lie on the snow to keep the lens stable, give the water a smooth look and help pop the dipper even more from the background.

Until next moment,

Amar