|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The white-throated dipper (Cinclus cinclus), also known as the European dipper or just dipper, is an aquatic passerine bird found in Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
The species is divided into several subspecies, based primarily on colour differences, particularly of the pectoral band. The white-throated dipper is Norway's national bird.
The white-throated dipper is closely associated with swiftly running rivers and streams or the lakes into which these fall. It often perches bobbing spasmodically with its short tail uplifted on the rocks round which the water swirls and tumbles.
It acquired its name from these sudden dips, not from its diving habit, though it dives as well as walks into the water.
It flies rapidly and straight, its short wings whirring swiftly and without pauses or glides, calling a shrill zil, zil, zil. It will then either drop on the water and dive or plunge in with a small splash.
From a perch it will walk into the water and deliberately submerge, but there is no truth in the assertion that it can defy the laws of specific gravity and walk along the bottom. Undoubtedly when entering the water it grips with its strong feet, but the method of progression beneath the surface is by swimming, using the wings effectively for flying under water. It holds itself down by muscular exertion, with its head well down and its body oblique, its course beneath the surface often revealed by a line of rising bubbles.
pierrefonds, mamcg has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
|You must be logged in to start a discussion.|
- [2019-05-08 14:13]
Hi Marius,what a beautiful composition with the small passerine eating something over this carpet made by transparent waters. Truly wonderful and made in the usual top quality,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the White-throated Dipper. It is clear and precise. Have a nice day.
- [2019-05-09 7:27]
Wish to write more but my weak Latin that I translate my feelings in my mind, simply how come this branch of tree out of water and the placement of bird, an excellent piece of art.
Another beautiful bird, I saw them in Nat Geo Programme only. Perfect background.