Birding News – Dipper

Black bellied dipper. Waterfall 2020. Photo by John Edwards

Just to brighten up the gloomy times a dipper has turned up at the waterfall. You may have seen the ‘birders’ congregating there. One of them kindly provided this photograph below. Dippers are rare in Bucks, most have a north and westerly distribution where there are fast flowing rivers. This however is not of the British race but the Central European black bellied dipper. The main difference being the lack of chestnut brown between the white breast and the black belly.  Lets hope we get more along fast flowing chalk streams.  Incidentally it turned up soon after residents had cleared bottles and cans etc from the stream!

Black bellied dipper at Waterall. March 2020. Photo by John Edwards