American Dipper from photo by Ross Bartholomew.
From the winter 2021 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now.
American dippers typically look upstream at exposed rocks before plunging into rushing rivers in search of aquatic insects. Utah-based photographer Ross Bartholomew used this knowledge to explore a promising location along the Provo River during the Great Backyard Bird Count 2020 last February. He spent an hour on his stomach on a snow-covered bank with two tripod legs in the river until a spoon sat perfectly on a moss-covered rock. The rising sun, the water droplets and the sparkling ice on the other side of the river together formed a bokeh effect that Bartholomew only noticed after looking at the photo.
Join in! The Great Backyard Bird Count 2021 will take place February 12-15.