American Dipper on the Ice in Banff

On Third Vermilion Lake where the hot spring creates a break in the ice I found an American Dipper diving for food, hopping in the reeds and seemingly enjoying the warm water.  I caught it during a quiet moment along the edge of the ice.  The Vermilion Lakes are just west of Banff (a 10 minute ride) in the National Park.  Moose, deer, eagles and ravens can be seen year round along the lakes.  And, dippers – where there is some warm water.

5 responses

  1. I found this looking for the feet of dippers for a drawing I am working on – the most touching and best dripper image I found (this one) has no feet really visible 🙂 making this spherical body looking even more intense. Love it!

    February 15, 2011 at 6:40 am

  2. When I saw this shot I said, out loud, “man, oh man” because it is so great! Love the subject, the reflection, the framing, the B&W, DOF…. really, this is the nicest picture have seen on wordpress. wonderful -Kim

    January 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    • Hi Kim,

      Nice to trade a few emails. Thank you for your very nice comments and for following the blog.

      All the best to you with your shooting too.



      January 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  3. Great shot. Love the reflection, and I like the composition with the bird on the side of the frame.

    January 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    • Thanks Mike. I like trying to make something interesting out of a pretty basic scene – I’m happy you like it.

      January 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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