I decided to have a ride up to Wetsleddale where there is a dam surrounded by high moorland, and is partly owned by the RSPB. To reach it you can either use the M6 to Shap Which is the nearest village, or use the A6, in which case if you are driving from the North , you would drive through Shap. I decided on the A6, and hadn't been on this road long when the sun disappeared, never to be seen again for the rest of the day, daaaam.
Long before you get to the dam there is a beck, which I always stop at just in case there are any Grey Wagtails about, as I have found them here before. As I approached the beck two birds lifted and flew down stream, too big to be Wagtails, they landed again about 30 yards away.
|I was delighted to see a pair of Dippers (Cinclus cinclus) doing their usual bobbing movement.|
|Then there was one, they move like lightening, and one disappeared while I was altering the camera settings.|
|They are so well camouflaged, if it wasn't for the white chest they could easily be overlooked.|
|If only the sun had been shining, its the first time I've seen a Dipper standing on one leg, unless its only got one leg.|
|By now its mate had disappeared back up stream, and this one soon followed, I thanked them for allowing me into their world for a little while.|