Dipper on the Torfaen - Breaker of Stones
Earlier this year they became an obsession of mine and I found several locations along the Afon Lwyd - aka the Grey River and the Torfaen -"breaker of stones" and that's where the Borough gets its name from.
Dippers are known to be an indicator species so their presence on a river is a good indicator of water quality and bio-diversity.
The Afon Lwyd has certainly come on leaps and bounds in the last 20 years as it used to be heavily polluted.
Its one of the fastest flowing rivers in Wales but remains heavily littered which is very disappointing and I just wish people would take their rubbish home.
I am posting a few photos from January this year when I spent quite a lot of time trying to get close to them.
Autumn is now upon us and for the next few months, I am planning to get some close up, sharp and less noisy shots of the Dippers on local rivers in my area -using some skills I have picked up getting close to the Kingfishers.