We’ve had lots of rain here in the last 72 hours. Between 70 and 80ml is an estimate. Now the burns are swollen and the loch water level is rising. This will result in the departure of some of the wildfowl. Higher water levels mean that a few of the dabbling ducks can no longer reach food on the loch bed and so they will move elsewhere.
With the fast water in the burns, other species find it hard to feed, including Kingfishers, Grey Wagtails and Dippers. Dippers are relatively common locally just off the NNR preferring running water. Occasionally you see them on the main water body of the loch.
I was out for a lunchtime stroll to the Factory Hide when I heard the familiar metallic zit-zit of a Dipper. It had flown over the factory, landed on the roof, then dropped into the water in front of the hide.
It was amazing to see the Dipper close up. It was feeding with its head down under the water, tuning over stones and trapping invertebrates with its feet.
I’m not really used to seeing Dippers on the loch and nor are the other local birds, which came out to investigate. This included Wren, Robin and Pied Wagtail. All birds using their harsh warning calls.
The dipper is feeding on another insect it has trapped
The bird was constantly on the move and even though it was close was difficult to snap
And it was gone……
As the bird was quite hard to get a photo, can I thank Celine Marchbank for sharpening up a couple of shots in Lightroom for me.
Factory Bay is full of birds at the moment. Pop round and have a look. Kingfishers are flying past regularly too.