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Subject: [Leica] IMG: American Dipper
From: Neil.Beddoe at (Neil Beddoe)
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 08:42:08 +0100
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Lovely Doug.    I think we've got the edge on you in Europe with our dippers 
though; Cinclus cinclus has a beautiful white breast and is an absolutely 
charming bird.  If the American counterpart has the same habits you did very 
well to catch this, I've never seen one still for more than a couple of 
seconds.  I spent a very happy half a hour once in Lynmouth on the north 
coast of Devon watching one fishing in a fast-flowing river.


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Doug Herr
Sent: 08 October 2009 03:05
To: lug at; LEG; LeicaReflex
Subject: [Leica] IMG: American Dipper

I spent the last few days camping in Yosemite National Park with family, and 
had a few minutes for wildlife photos near camp.  This American Dipper 
(Cinclus mexicanus) was feeding in the Merced River in Yosemite Valley:

Dippers feed on aquatic invertebrates by diving into the water and turning 
over sunken leaves and other debris to find their prey.  Walking or 'flying' 
 underwater, they're quite safe even in very turbulent streams, and 
typically build their nest behind a waterfall.  Dippers are so linked to the 
streams they reside in that when flying (in the air) upstream or downstream 
the bird will follow the contours of the watercourse rather than take 
shortcuts over land.

technical stuff: R8/DMR, 560mm f/6.8 Telyt, shoulder stock & monopod.
ISO 400, 1/60 sec @ f/6.8 

All comments welcome.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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