From the car park I headed down to the Brook and within a couple of minutes heard a Marsh Tit callling. It gave a brief showing,but in poor light.Down on the bridge a Dipper zoomed by, heading upstream. I followed and it was not long before I cought it up.
All the usual woodland species were about, and the Dipper showed a couple more times as I headed to Coopers Mill. There, a male Bullfinch and a Green Woodpecker momentarily sat within a few feet of each other, that really added some colour to proceedings, but all to briefly.
However a bit more colour was to come, with a pair of Grey Wagtails vociferously working their their way upstream.I managed to just about get a record high ISO shot
|Murky views..Grey Wagtail|
With work on the disused rail line making that way back unattractive, I opted to drop back to Knowles and the Brook. I was glad I did, as I again connected initially with one, and then two Dippers ! They showed really well, almost side by side at times. The second appeared as I was trying to get some film, and you can hear it call as it whizzes past my subject,which was lurking under the bank of the brook. It followed, giving a brief call back as it followed.They settled a few yards upstream, and I watched them for a while in my Bins before heading back to the car.
On they way back, heading away from this pair, I had another Dipper sighting. Hard to know if it was a third, I would like to think so, but I'll settle for a pair ! As I mentioned, I rarely leave this area disappointed.