Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Dipper de doo dah....

I came across a family of Dippers on Sunday. I wasn't expecting them as I got out of the car, but I soon picked up on their call and tracked them down. I think this is a well developed juvenile. I've not come across one with such an unusual white marking, very low down. Any suggestions are gratefully accepted.
It does seem to have a rather unusual orange digit on it's left foot. It appears to be a bit swollen and hopefully it won't cause it too many problems. It certainly seemed fine when I was there.





This was taken at Etherow Park earlier this year. You can really see the difference in the plumage of both.

A Kestrel waiting patiently for movement in the grass below.

21 comments:

  1. i liked the scalloped feathers on the dipper's back. pretty little things.

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  2. I like the dipper photo just above the krestel best!!
    They're adorable.
    I'm now going to have to go out and do a Google search to hear the dipper's call that you so easily recognized.

    Hootin' Anni
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    also, my birding photo blog....I'd Rather B Birdin. Thanks for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot Adam.

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  3. ps....its song....beautiful!!!

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Dipper/sounds

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  4. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada. ( My third attempt to leave a comment, but it's successful.)

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  5. A great series of photos. I especially like the textures of the rock and the growing things on it contrasted with the bird sitting there.

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  6. Pretty Dipper, a little more colorful than the Dipper we see in the states. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Am I mistaken or does the dipper have a ring around its leg?

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  8. Great shots of the Dippers in that beautiful, natural setting.

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  9. Cool looking little birds! I've never seen one. The first one appears to have been banded.

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  10. I worry about that orange digit, but hope, as you believe, that the dipper will be okay. I've only seen dippers twice, and considered myself to be very fortunate each time. Fascinating post and great photos!

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  11. Great shots of the European Dipper Adam! And the Kestrel!

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  12. Beautiful pictures you show :)

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  13. This Dipper carries a metal ring whose code can not be played due to the small taillle of the ring.
    CĂ©line & Philippe

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  14. Beautiful images, Adam! Dippers are fascinating birds. We don't have anything like it here in Vermont.

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  15. Neat photos! I find identifying juvenile this time of year a huge challenge. It's so satisfying, though, when you finally get it right.

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  16. I've never seen a dipper, but they are beautiful birds. My favorite is the kestrel.

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  17. Wow! That is an interesting looking fella.

    We don't get those here in Ontario, Canada. At least, I've never seen the likes of a Dipper.

    Great capture!

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  18. your dipper has such pretty markings...but they look similar to my dippers, does your dipper sing a complicated mating song that is one of the most intricate of all it seems.

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  19. hm. your dipper has some reddish spots on the front. I have nver seen that before. It is so beautiful. And they are fun to watch.

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