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** White Water Bird **

** White Water Bird **
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma EX 500mm f/4.5 APO HSM, (digital)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-26 3:42
Viewed: 4765
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-throated Dipper (juvenile)
or European Dipper
(Cinclus cinclus)

Italian name: Merlo Acquaiolo

To take this picture I've been to Triglav National Park (Slovenia) about 3 hours drive from my home near Venice (Italy).
It's a juvenile subject, adult is brown with white-throated.
It's quite confident but you have to go inside the white water to approach it.
And the water is FROZEN!! Just coming down from the glacier!
I hope you enjoy my effort to let you know this bird not so common in Italy.

More info from Wikipedia:

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cinclidae
Genus: Cinclus
Species: C. cinclus

It's an aquatic passerine bird found in Europe and the Middle East, also known as the European Dipper or just Dipper. The species is divided into several subspecies on colour differences, especially of the pectoral band.

The Dipper is a rotund, short-tailed bird, dark above and white-breasted, closely associated with swiftly running rivers and streams or the lakes into which these fall. The Dipper 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.

Length: 7 inches

The White-throated Dipper is Norway's national bird.

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Senz'altro bella Andrea, mi piace molto!
(del "merlo acquaiolo" devo ancora fare la conoscenza).

Fine settimana in Slovenia, è stato interessante?


Bonjour Andréa,
Très jolie photo !
J'aime la poésie qui se dégage de cette photo.
La PDC (DOF) est bien choisie, l'oiseau se détache bien du fond. Belle lumière. Les petites herbes ajoutent à la finesse de la photo.
Une accentuation peut-être un peu trop forte en post-traitement et j'aurais fait disparaître les 2 petites tâches (en haut et devant l'oiseau).
Bravo !
Bonne journée.

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  • trevp Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 28] (262)
  • [2006-06-26 5:21]

Anrea hi,
what a lovely picture, the colour is spot on, the light on moss gives it an almost velvet look,sharp and perfect focus as usual, an ideal resting island for this dipper.
trev :-)

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-26 5:53]

Very cute bird - dead on composed!


Belle prise de vue avec ce superbe oiseau, Félicitations pour l'expositions et les belles couleurs ainsi que la belle présentation

Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Adrean, excllent Photo, perfect details, Bg, POV, DOF details, is excllent everythig is really crisp, Great Job, TFS Kyle

Hi Andrea,
This looks excellent. Composition and framing look great. Nice color saturation and sharp details. Well done!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-26 8:50]

Hi Andrea,

Very good composed picture of this dipper,I like the light reflections of the green mos,and the OOF BG,well done on this one,



Bellissima ripresa dalla bella luce e dalla gradevole composizione.

Ciao e complimenti


Wow! Wow! Wow! Superb clear and crisp shot! Such a beautiful composition! Great colours also! Absolutely exceptional shot! i like this one a lot! Congratulations and thank you!

lascio perdere i vari acronimi: bellissima foto.

PS: guarda il workshp lasciato ad angelo.

ciao Mario

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-06-26 14:03]

Hi Andrea,

The good saturated colours in good light conditions makes this pleasing a picture to look at. Again a sharp picture from you as usual. Well done! It is also pleasing to read your informative note. It is quite clear that you have a passion for what you are doing. I will continue to strive for the same perfection. Until then, I will blame it on the equipment . . . lol.


Nice detail and love the overall comp, well taken!


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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-27 2:35]

Very well done on exposure, composition and colour management. beautiful pic of little bird.

Dzien Dobry Andrea!
Przesliczna kompozycja. Ptaszek pieknie siê prezentuje na mchu i kolo kepki trawy. Dobra glebia ostrosci i kolory.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Excellent macro,light, very sharp and colorful shot!
Nice details and composition!
Great shot my friend!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-29 2:38]

Ciao Andrea,
Excellent capture of this lovely bird.
Excellent details,pov,dof,colors,focus,sharpness,note,blurred bg and framing.Well Done.TFS

Meglio tardi che mai.
Bella e ben composta immagine di Merlo acquaiolo.
Come andata nel Triglav?

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