American Dipper, Fern Canyon, CA. October, 2011.
"You know you are in a good place when you see an Ouzel" - Keith Walklet.
Fern Canyon is found at the end of a Northern California forest service road that comes through a beautiful redwood forest to Gold Bluff beach on the Pacific ocean. The canyon is not very wide (100 feet or so), and the lower, steep walls are about 60 feet high and lined with dense ferns. A beautiful creek flows through the canyon floor, and is home to the American Dipper captured in this photograph.Wikipedia
gives the following information on the American dipper:
The American Dipper
), also known as a Water Ouzel
, is a stocky dark grey bird
with a head sometimes tinged with brown, and white feathers
on the eyelids cause the eyes to flash white as the bird blinks. It is 16.5 cm long and weighs on average 46 g. It has long legs, and bobs its whole body up and down during pauses as it feeds on the bottom of fast-moving, rocky streams
. It inhabits the mountainous regions of Central America
and western North America
This dipper was very tolerant of our presence, allowing me to capture a nice image as he paused between "bobs" and dips into the stream for food.