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American Dipper


American Dipper
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-01 20:28
Viewed: 2456
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A chunky bird of western streams, the American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird. It catches all of its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottom.
•Stocky, medium-sized bird.
•Gray all over.
•Large head; short neck.
•Long legs.
•Short tail.
•Thin, dark bill.
•White eyelids obvious when it blinks.
•Constantly bobs body up and down.
Cool Facts
•The American Dipper chooses a nest site, invariably along a stream, that provides security from floods and predators. Availability of suitable nest sites appears to limit its populations.
•To be able to survive in cold waters during the winter, the American Dipper has a low metabolic rate, extra oxygen-carrying capacity in its blood, and a thick coat of feathers.
•Unlike most other songbirds, but similarly to ducks, the American Dipper molts its wing and tail feathers all at once in the late summer. The bird is flightless during this time.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-10-02 11:50]

nice capture! very similar with the European one, only the color is different.
Thanks for sharing
Razvan

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