Wilson and Kingery 2011).
Tumwater Falls Park. Erika found this dipper when she noticed the water splashing strangely in the creek. Dippers feed in nearly freezing water. To survive this habitat, dippers have a low metabolic rate and, compared to other birds, are able to store more oxygen in their blood. Their feathers are exceptionally thick and water resistant (Wilson and Kingery 2011). Even under water, as you can see in the final photo, the dipper does not appear to be getting wet! (Our bird’s yellow bill indicates this is an immature.)