248/365 – Dippereedoodah

As you’ve probably noticed I’ve been spending a lot of time on the river watching the kingfisher family, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching the other wildlife that’s about.

The local dippers seem to have a great year in terms of successful breeding (blog post to follow) and there are usually two about close to where I sit, and this evening I was treated to one of them catching a fish. I spotted it as it flew directly toward me before veering off and landing on a large rock to my right with the fish in its beak.

Dipper with fish

Dipper with fish

I’ve seen a lot of fish despatched by the kingfishers recently and the dipper attempted much the same method, just not quite as adeptly!

Dipper stunning fish

Dipper stunning fish

It took quite a few attempts with the dipper dropping the fish on a number of occasions.

Dropped fish

Dropped fish

I’m not sure what type of fish it was that the dipper had caught (if you know please tell me) but to say it was a slimey one might be a bit of an understatement!

Dipper with slimey fish

What a slimey sucker

Eventually it got the fish either stunned or killed and it went straight down the hatch all in one. Down the hatch!