Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Black-bellied Dipper, Thetford, Norfolk, 10/2/2013

Rain, sleet and then snow is the forecast for most of England today !

There is a faint chance of a dry part to the day in Norfolk.

07.00 hours, M.S., Kevin and myself set off for Norfolk in the rain.

We arrive at Thetford, in the rain, it is dull, it is wet and muddy, and no Dipper.

The rain stops ! A wander along the river seeing Otter, one seen on the flooded meadow of the house over the river then another sighting, one came up out of the water to the bank not 6 feet from me.

The Black-bellied Dipper was seen first, at distance, about a half mile up river, then after a short time flying off to return to it's favoured stretch of the river !

The water level in the river was at least a foot higher today,
a Goldcrest was feeding in the bushes,
the Black-bellied Dipper continued to entertain by posing, preening, all its usual feeding habits and behaviour patterns for the remainder of the day.

Black-bellied Dipper
1/80sec, f4, Iso 400

1/50sec, f4, Iso 400
1/60sec, f4, Iso 400
1/80sec, f4, Iso 400
1/80sec, f4, Iso 400
1/80sec, f4, Iso 400

1/40sec, f4, Iso 400
1/80sec, f4, Iso 400

a little battle with the whites and the slow shutter speeds.

at 13.30 hours the there is no light left, it is now very dull, it begins to light rain,
it has been the most wonderful day and we take a easy drive home in the rain.

''A Super Crop'' ! !


  1. Lovely shots Richard despite the light. I am well jealous of your Otter sightings. Seems just about every one who goes see's them except me!

  2. I love super CROPS. A word to the wise, when wet and dull, stay in doors eating sandwiches. Adios Amigo.

  3. Roll tomos will see this little cracker

  4. Excelentes capturas del Mirlo acuatico.Saludos