Monday, 7 May 2012

DIPPER ACTION.

On my recent trips to the Trough Of Bowland photographing dippers I  got lucky and saw the dippers catching young trout and bringing them back to feed their young.I couldn't believe the size of the fish they were bringing back to the nest and the way they wacked them like a kingfisher.WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THE MIGHTY AND MAJESTIC BROWN TROUT WOULD BE PREDATED BY SUCH A SMALL BIRD AS THE DIPPER !!!!!!!!!! AMAZING.The first image shows what I think is unsual behaviour,instead of flying off with the fecal sac and dropping it randomly away from the nest,the dipper drops the sac close to the nest in a fast flowing part of the stream.I have posted some images showing my observations below.








3 comments:

Geoff Gradwell said...

Martin, I'm not quite sure how you managed it but you have really, really, really captured some spectacular moments of a bird that can be difficult to find at the best of times. To have these images of the fish as you have are wonderful... the bird itself isn't THAT big and capturing this detail is, well MAGIC.

Christian said...

Martin, these images are magnificent. Magnificent both in terms of the quality of the photography and the wonderful behaviours that you have captured. A stunning, award-winning series.

Brian Rafferty said...

Martin. What a wonderful set of images,well worth the time you have spent observing and photographing these dippers.Great detail and you have captured some very special moments.

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