Finally the elusive American Dipper was bagged! In celebration of completing my Master's I took the pups on a little drive down Poudre Canyon on Friday. I've been searching for a dipper for over a year now but it finally all fell together. I just took a chance at skimming the rocks as I slowly drove by the river and right after passing Mishawaka I saw the little dip jump off a rock.
The perfect place to see a dipper since a parking lot was literally 5 feet in reverse which I did despite the danger because of my overwhelming joy. A quick hop across the road and I was face to face with a nemesis bird.
You can see why the bird is easy to miss in the photo above due to it's uncanny ability to just turn into a rock.
This little fellow was perfect and gave me a show for about 15 minutes before flying downriver. I watched it feed, swim, hop and bob. The best part was I had it all to myself on a beautiful, sunny Colorado day.
Thanks little American Dipper with your rolly-polly body, your funny walk, and your feeding show on the Poudre River. You made my day!