Watercolor paintings of California's birds and wildlife by René C. Reyes.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
This American dipper, our only aquatic songbird, was from the Mokelumne River near Lodi. The bird was more dark grey but I decided to use blue-grey instead for this painting. I was reading that this bird is better known as the "water ouzel", a term I have never heard used for this bird. I first saw this species in Ogden, Utah on my way to a friend's wedding. I spotted a small stream and, with my fancy dress shoes, decided to walk along the stream, locate a rock to sit on, and listen to the running water. While sitting quietly, a dipper decided to show me a spectacular water show (dipping and diving), often coming up with an invertebrate or some other insect. Very fascinating! Interestingly, this was John Muir's favorite bird, and I can see why.