|Garden Medley XVII, gone in 60 minutes.|
|Red Kite and Dipper, two local favourites|
. . . . the Red Kite is the 'flagship' bird of the Lower Derwent Valley where I live, being reintroduced by the RSPB 12 years ago as a high profile project (the first so near to a busy urban landscape) and now a daily feature of our lives here.
And the Dipper, a localised species of fast-flowing rivers mostly in wild unpopulated areas. The Derwent holds a healthy population and it always amazes me to see one perched midstream on a rock near the Blaydon Rugby Club, no more than 15 yards from a busy main road. Great birds to watch in action, and a lovely warbling song if you're lucky enough to hear it over the rumbling sound of the white water habitat in which it thrives.