Up the Derwent for 30mins before work, parked the car and headed for the weir when 4 Dippers came flying past me. 2 of them flew to the top of the weir, presumably the adults although when I got the bins up I could only locate 1 Adult, meanwhile 2 "young uns" decided to have a splash around quite close to me. I spent 25mins watching them after sitting on the bank and forgetting that I had my work clothes on ended up with really muddy shoes and a damp ar*e, but it was worth it. They didnt do proper dipping but just seemed to walk in the water with their beaks open occassionally dipping their head under.
Having a few minutes in hand after the Dippers dissappeared I popped down to Shibdon and the hide was already occupied with a chap watching a Spotted Redshank. It kept calling so thought it was going to depart but it stayed for 15mins giving enough time to watch it closely and get a few pics even though the light was the worst it has been for several weeks.
Also managed to get a couple of videos although the chap (me) doing the focusing could have been better (Should have gone to Specsavers as I have had 2 reminders in the past week)