Black-bellied Dipper & Otter (Thetford) - sun-flower

Black-bellied Dipper (Cinclus cinclus cinclus), Thetford, Norfolk, 15/02/2013. The nominate species which breeds in the mountainous regions of northern Scandinavia before migrating south to lower, warmer regions for the winter. It's a scarce visitor to the UK and is separated from the resident, British races (C. c. hibernicus & C. c. gularis [resident in England]) which have reddy, chestnut bellies. The British races rarely move far from breeding grounds unless forced to do so by extreme winter weather. This continental bird was found on the river at Thetford, off the Nuns' Bridges Road, in November and will likely return to breeding grounds in March.


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