Dipper chicks


Two weeks ago, I showed pictures of a dipper nest under a bridge. One shot showed the male feeding the female in the nest. The chicks have now hatched, which makes this a busy Mother’s Day.

Three hungry maws beg at the nest’s opening.

The brightly coloured gapes and mandibles of the chicks are believed to be a signal to and a target for the parents: Insert food here. The adult lacks this colouration (see the earlier posting). 

The adult obliges. Here it is carrying a grub in its bill and is about to insert it in the chick’s mouth. This goes on all day as both parents ferry food to their voracious progeny.

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4 Responses to Dipper chicks

  1. Great shots Alistair. Three chicks! I wonder if they will nest a second time this year.

  2. Marlene Machmer says:

    These are just stunning! Have only seen natural sites, so this is an interesting contrast and will be good to see how they do here….

  3. Eileen Delehanty Pearkes says:

    can’t think of a better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day” than this post.

    thanks Alistair

  4. Elaine M says:

    Very cool! Thanks, Alistair. I have seen this nest (or ones in the more-or-less same location) before but have never seen the young. So…very cool!

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