Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Dippers

One of the main problems with photographing Dippers is that their habitat along rivers is usually very shaded by trees, so ideally you need as much sunlight as possible, even then it is quite a challenge to get the exposure right, with their dark brown backs and white breasts.

I had hoped to get shots of the newly fledged youngsters being fed by their parents on the river, but thanks to the typical British weather I only managed to photograph the adults collecting grubs for the chicks in the nest, then after several cloudy days I returned to find there wasn't a Dipper to be seen. I tried another location and found that the young birds there were very independent and feeding on their own. I am pleased with the results though and hope for better weather next year.    

5 comments:

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Absolutely stunning shots, steve!

Kimmy said...

I'm always amazed at your photos Steve but these are just beyond words. That's one full little mouth in the first shot!

Marco Pesaresi said...

A wonderful series of Dippers Steve, like you I've struggled with dippers always over exposing the bright white chest in an attempt to lighten the overall dark body due to the locations never having great light and again really struggled with low shutter speeds so I know exactly where you are coming from on these, again ... well done sir.

Steve Round said...

Thanks a lot, cheers.

Matt Latham said...

brilliant stuff Steve

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