The White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) is a starling-sized bird occurring in much of Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia (up to China), and northern India. Generally, the birds are found along fast running rivers and streams. They swim, dive, and walk underwater in search for prey including aquatic insects, molluscs, crustaceans, and worms. They fly fast and straight while following the river course and stay relatively close to the water’s surface. I have seen these fascinating birds on a number of walks in Germany. The photographs in this post are from a trip to Berchtesgaden in southern Germany in December 2014. Snow was falling and nonetheless the small dipper was diving in the ice-cold water of the mountain stream – I felt much better in my winter jacket.