Have you met White-Throated Dipper ?

Have you met White-Throated Dipper while wondering by water streams? I met it first time when I was photographing Myllykoski water fall in Nurmijärvi 2015. It was not easy to find as Dipper is quite small, actually same size as starling. After the first meeting I have seen it every winter. This active bird is one of my favorites.

Dippers migrate to Finland from Norway, Sweden and Russia

Every winter White-Throated Dipper, Dipper (Cinlus cinlus), moves to Finland. Mainly from North Norway, but also from Sweden and Russia. It migrates to the South part of Finland during October and stays here until March-April. In Finland thousands of Dippers are staying over winter, but only around 300 pairs are nesting in North Finland.

White-Throated dipper, Hyvinkää, Finland
Hyvinkää 03/2018, Canon 5D Mark II, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/3200 sec, ISO 500

Where to find Dipper?

Dipper is really small and not so easy to find. But when you are standing aside the river bank you may find Dipper standing on some rock and jumping into the water. It has also very bright white collar which can be detected quite easily at least I usually find by the color or the song.

White-throated dipper, Fiskars, Finland
Fiskars 02/2020, Canon 5D Mark II, 200 mm, f/3.2, 1/8000 sec, ISO 2000

Dipper is found by swiftly running water. It catches food by water streams. It dives insects, shrimp, caterpillars and small fish from the bottom of the river.

White-Throated dipper, Nurmijärvi, Finland
Nurmijärvi 03/2018, Canon 5D Mark II, 200 mm, f/4.0, 1/6400 sec, ISO 400

Jumping around all day long

I find it really enjoyable to watch Dipper. It jumps into the water, well up like cork into the surface, jumps into the rock and same again. It is using whole day finding food from the bottom of the river.

It also dips when standing on the rock. May be that’s the name, Dipper. They nest on rivers and streams in places where there is ample food and sheltered nests.

White-Throated dipper, Hyvinkää, Finland
Nurmijärvi 03/2018, Canon 5D Mark II, 200 mm, f/8.0, 1/1000 sec, ISO 500
White-Throated dipper, Hyvinkää, Finland
Hyvinkää 03/2018, Canon 5D Mark II, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec

My favorite places (so far) for watching dipper are Myllykoski (Nurmijärvi) and Rissla rapids (Fiskars).

7 replies to “Have you met White-Throated Dipper ?

  1. Very pretty bird, love the contrasts Minna! We have the American Dipper who is not nearly as striking as your Dipper. I’ve not photographed ours, they are thousands of miles from my home, but we’ll be traveling that direction in next couple years and maybe, just maybe, I get to see our Dipper! 🙂

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    1. I hope you are able to see it some day! Dipper is great diver. It migrates here from
      Norway in October and goes back on March. Usually they nest on colder glimates like in Lapland . Have a great weekend and happy shooting!

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