Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
Dipper (Cinclus cinclus). Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 3rd 2018.
Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 3rd 2018.
(1/250th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 17 - 18 cm

The Dipper is a chunky waterbird, reminiscent of an overlarge Wren. It has dark chocolate plumage except for the white throat and breast-patch. The British subspecies C. c. gularis differs from the nominate species in having a warm chestnut area beneath the white gorget.

It is found mainly in the north and west of the British Isles. It is fairly widely distributed in Europe.

Dippers are found in fast-flowing streams with exposed boulders and shingle banks, also weirs and lake outflows.

When perched on a rock a Dipper habitually bobs up and down and frequently cocks its tail.

It has Amber status on the British list. Between 6,200-18,700 pairs breed here.


04-May-2019 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (2)

03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2)
05-Jul-2016 : Richmond, Yorks (1)
20-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria (1)
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (1)
16-Jun-2015 : Watersmeet, Devon (1)