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.
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!
It took quite a few attempts with the dipper dropping the fish on a number of occasions.
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!
Eventually it got the fish either stunned or killed and it went straight down the hatch all in one.