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The Dipper or Water Ouzel Cinclus cinclus is found alongside fast-flowing rivers mainly in upland areas but also on lowland rivers in south-west England. It feeds on underwater invertebrates such as caddis fly larvae and stonefly, by walking straight into and completely under the water to find them. Dippers lay 4–6 white eggs in March or April which are incubated by the female for 14–16 days. Males may bring food to the female at the nest.

Photograph by Ben Hall

About Ben Hall

Ben Hall has gained worldwide recognition as one of Britain's leading professional wildlife photographers. His images are often surprising, always striking and ever striving to awaken people to the diversity of the natural world. He is described by 'Living Edge' magazine as a "passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionists eye for detail"

With a lifelong passion for the natural world, Ben has used his skill in photography to capture many stunning images. He is driven by the need to protect and preserve Britain's last fragile ecosystems, as testified by his work for the RSPB, various Wildlife Trusts and other conservation organisations.

Ben's personal approach to photography lies in the creative art of 'seeing'. His aim is to use his pictures to communicate his personal vision, to generate an emotional response and to excite the viewer's aesthetic sensitivity. He often pre-visualises an image in his mind before setting out to photograph it. To realise this vision by turning it into a photographic image can take weeks, months or even years, and often sees him returning frequently to the same location in an attempt to capture the perfect shot.

All of Ben's photographs are true representations of what he saw, nothing is added which is an important part of his philosophy. Ben's spectacular images have earned him numerous prestigious international awards including over 20 awards in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (including a double category win in 2009), many awarded images in the Windland Smith Rice Awards USA, Geographical Photographer of the Year, a category win in Bird Photographer of the Year and many more.

Ben is a regular photographic and editorial contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, Practical Photography, Outdoor Photography, Photography Monthly, Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer, Digital Camera Magazine, Digital SLR Photography, Digital SLR User, Birds Illustrated, Birding (USA), Birdwatch, Living Edge, The Countryman, Cheshire Life, to name but a few.

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