Dipper, Somerset, England by Joshua Harris

Dippers are amazing because they are uniquely aquatic for passerine birds, living along fast flowing streams and rummaging under rocks for invertebrate prey, sometimes submerging themselves completely in the rapids. Therefore, I have often thought that the ultimate way to photograph dippers would be with a half underwater set up to show them in this aquatic environment. After many experiments at different locations over several years, I finally found a location with a nice background and a nice flow of water across the lens, and waited in a hide for around 100 hours in total before the dipper perched in front of the lens.

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