Thursday, February 21, 2008

Black-Bellied Dipper


















A Black-bellied Dipper has been showing very well on the river opposite the turn off to Top Hill Low on the A163. Probably the closest I have got to a Dipper for a long time, this bird was constantly swimming in the river looking for food. Don't know much about this bird, have nothing in any of my field guides, I do know it is a sub-species of the Common Dipper, so any information oabout this bird would be appreciated.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve,

Wonderful pics! And on my home patch too! My Hayman & Hume Pocket Guide just says the Black-bellied Dipper is found in NW France & N Europe. Got a feeling the chap who writes the birding articles in Saturday Yorks Post may know more.
Michael Flowers
www.eybirdwatching.co.uk

Little Brown Job said...

Beautiful shots, I would never have distinguished this from the Common Dipper, still a lot to learn!

Paul.

Steve Race said...

Thanks for the info Michael, will email the chap at Yorks Post, see if he comes up with any additional info.

Island Rambles Blog said...

We do not have exactly the same bird where I am so can't help, but love the pictures.