I was on the trail leading to the Narrows in Zion National Park when I spotted this American Dipper on the Virgin River. This was my first time seeing this bird. I have heard about them and have seen photos but seeing one in action was amazing. I took a couple of quick photos but they just didn’t show how this bird does in the water. I switched to video mode on the Canon SX50 HS and captured the above video. I was hand holding the camera at full zoom. I was cold and shaking but I think you can see how this bird feeds in the river. The American Dipper was on a log that was laying in the water.
This species, like other dippers, is equipped with an extra eyelid called a “nictitating membrane” that allows it to see underwater, and scales that close its nostrils when submerged. Dippers also produce more oil than most birds, which may help keep them warmer when seeking food underwater. (Wikipedia)