Still on a Lifer Streak – American Dipper with prey

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American Dipper and preyAmerican Dipper and prey – Nikon D7100, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 321mm, natural light

Yesterday I photographed another lifer! An American Dipper with prey at Cascade Springs in the Heber Valley of Utah. We went looking for a juvenile Saw-whet Owl that people had seen and reported the day before and got sidetracked by the only aquatic North American Songbird.

American Dippers actually swim under water using their wings to find their prey in fast moving streams with rocks and logs in them. They can even walk on the streambed under the water.

They truly are songbirds and their song is quite beautiful, it can be heard here.

This image was taken with my new Nikon D7100 on day two of using it and I am enjoying it so far. My D300 has been acting up and I have grown 3,514 new gray hairs waiting for Nikon to come out with the D400 (or possible D9300). Maybe it is only 1,727 new gray hairs, I haven’t had time to stop and count them.

Most of the time the Dipper stayed in the shade but for a few brief moments it perched on a rock in the rushing water in bright sunlight. Of course I had some green vegetation that was in front of the dipper’s tail and part of its wing. Hopefully the next time I photograph an American Dipper I will be better prepared and my heart won’t nearly jump out of my chest from excitement.



  1. Utahbooklover June 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

    The old SLRs were so much more reliable but the new digital cameras can do so much more. Like all these automobile recalls, the more complicated they get, the more likely a breakdown. Wonderful image of a pretty amazing bird I hope to see someday.

  2. Sherry in MT June 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Aren’t they fun to watch. Your new camera and you are doing awesome shots!

  3. Elephant's Child June 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Delightful bird – and call. Thank you.

  4. Jane Chesebrough June 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    How fantastic is that? A new camera and a new bird! Saw one of these by mistake (we were looking at wild flowers). Fascinating to watch them go under and stay under. I like how it is stillcovered in water with all the splashes..

  5. Sarah Mayhew June 6, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Nice photo! Love to watch and photograph these birds. We have them in CA.

  6. Montanagirl June 6, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia!

  7. Ilze Long June 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Lucky you! Sometimes it just makes one happy to get a picture, no matter if it isn’t just right.

  8. Bob Bushell June 6, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Excellent photography Mia, you must have been excited.

  9. Nancy June 6, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Nice Mia! Someday I hope to cross paths with this beautiful bird too! Thanks for sharing!

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