A weeks walking holiday with the family in the Lake District kept me busy but still left me with a few opportunities for birdwatching. Top of my birding list, whenever I am in the mountains, is always the Dipper and this year I was fortunate enough to find a pair about a quarter of a mile from our cottage nesting underneath a bridge.
They always appear to be such an active bird, constantly in and out of the water gathering food, and then flying back to the nest with mouths full of assorted invertebrates. They also seem very tolerant of people. This pair where nesting under a busy footpath with children throwing rocks into the river, where only a few minutes before I had seen the birds searching for food. Fortunately most people don't seem to notice nature happening around them and the nest in a shaded spot underneath a small bridge went unnoticed by the people passing by.
|Dipper at the nest - The camera lies,|
the nest was much darker and harder to spot than this picture shows
|Feeding the young|
|searching for food underwater|
|and on the rocks|
|Must be a lot of young to feed|
|Spot the Osprey - Camera view about the equivalent of a pair of 10X50 binoculars|
|Heavily cropped and a bit of a mess but it is a year tick|