A Skinny Dipper in the Platte River

Just returned home a few days ago from another wonderful fall photo trip to Waterton Canyon in Colorado. Again, the main emphasis was to capture the rutting Bighorn Sheep as the rams butt heads for dominance. How did that turn out?  Stay tuned and I’ll have a followup post about the sheep (probably even more than one post!).

But today’s topic was another subject I tend to always see in the canyon, the American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus). This unique bird forages in rushing mountain streams and high-elevation lakes, and often walks and swims underwater to forage! In today’s post, I came upon a dipper that was busy preening along the boulders in the Platte River:

American Dipper

American Dipper

American Dipper

American Dipper

American Dipper

American Dipper

A fun bird to watch!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 and ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. to 1/320 sec.

 

 

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