Flying under water


I have long sought a clear view of a dipper hunting under water. Alas, repeated attempts proved unsuccessful. There was no reason to think that today would be any different. 

Certainly, the temperature had risen; the anchor ice was gone; and the dippers were back patrolling the turbulent portions of the creek which only a week earlier had been beyond reach. Now, the dipper’s restored access, some propitious perspectives, and good lighting allowed a previously eluded view.

The successful shot shows a dipper flying under water as it hunts in a manner almost identical to that used by other birds that hunt in the air: wings out and head down as it scours the surface below.

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7 Responses to Flying under water

  1. Peter Jonker says:

    Astonishing image, Alistair. Well done! …Block out the wings and the tail appears entirely fishy.

  2. Sarah Currie says:


  3. Marlene Machmer says:

    Congratulations Alistair. Awesome photo!!!!

  4. Eileen Delehanty Pearkes says:

    Ahhh! So many ways there are to fly

  5. Travis says:

    I hope to get to see this someday let alone photograph it..

  6. Lorna Surina says:

    Just when I think it can’t get better! What a great shot, your patience pays off.

  7. Carl says:

    Brilliant ..

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