Down by the ... well, different river

No, this isn't PB's river, but one close to me. These are from several days ago, when it was actually fairly bright one morning. I went down to a local park where the river flows through a small gorge. I was looking for this ...


Obviously, I found it Well, a pair actually, as you can just about make out in this shot. 

There are actually a few places near me that have them but the reason I prefer to get them here is that you can get down level with as long as you've got your wellies on! You tend to always be looking down on the others near me or they just aren't as reliable. However this pair range up and down the river and this is the only spot you can get reasonably close so you're not guaranteed a good showing.

It's a bit of a lottery trying to predict where one will pop up but it keeps me amused

Twenty yards behind them, round the corner, the sun was on the river. Sadly, they remained firmly in the shade where I was struggling for exposure. I'm sure they have a Whatsapp group to organise this!!

However, they're still a joy watch, and great to have so close to home, although I'd wager most visitors to the park don't even know they are down there as they are out of sight from the grass areas ... and surprisingly difficult to spot sometimes even when you do know!


One of these days, I WILL get a Dipper with the sun on it!!

There wasn't much else going on in the park, but oddly, on the lodges, things like Pochard, that normally run a mile when they see you, actually come to have their photograph taken. I have no idea why they seem so much more photographer-friendly but it happens every year.


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  • Love this set Nige and Dippers have to be one of my most favourite birds to see; I think the photos you've taken look fabulous with the simple tones and POV;    good shot of the handsome pochard too.


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Lovely set Nigel, I love watching Dippers but unfortunately don't see them around my area in Suffolk. No decent rivers. Your getting the beady red eye from the Pochard, nice detail.


  • WOW, glad I didn't miss this. We love dippers & choose our holiday campsites with visits to Dipper rivers in mind, sadly there are none around here, too flat. Your photos are amazing, I'm just soooooooo jealous.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • There is another fan of the Dipper here too!! Gorgeous photos Nigel and sun or not with that white chest they just gleam. Love them all, and the Pochard too.

    Lot to learn

  • Fabulous set Nige, I'd love to see a dipper. I always do an interweb search when me and Mrs PB are going away, so find any likely spots, but no joy so far. We live in hope :o)
  • Thanks all

    Now, I grew up in a Dipperless county, so I do like having them around, but I never imagined so many people included them in their holiday plans!! I feel guilty now as I have so many around, some even within walking distance of my house. I'm still not sure it would be a good holiday destination though


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  • Now your showing off Nigel, dippers within walking distance of your house. If your not sure its a holiday destination it sounds like a probable stop off on a journey. The only place I've been to twice and seen dippers is Janets Fosse near Malham


  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Nigel O said:
    I have so many around, some even within walking distance of my house.

    Doesn't sound like a guilt ridden statement to me Nige, more a brag, or a ner ner ni ner ner lol

  • Lovely photos Nige of the dipper and pochard.

    The title reminded me of a song called "Down By The Riverside". I've managed to find a version by Peter Paul & Mary:


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