Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, and have a good day even if you don’t! I dug through the archives for some vaguely Christmas-sy shots but found nothing. A Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii), at sunset on the Tirthan River, about to eat some aquatic organism, will have to do instead.
Brown Dippers have the most fascinating (and somewhat terrifying) way of foraging. They position themselves on a rock just above the water, waiting, before all of a sudden plunging their entire body in – thus, the ‘dipper’. They are underneath the water for a few breathless minutes before popping up like a cork some ten meters away, bobbing on top of the water in the manner of a duck. This one had popped up with a tasty little morsel, which it had then positioned on this rock and hammered with its beak till it gulped it all down.
So eat well today, in the manner of this dipper (though hopefully not in as miniscule amounts as it); and merry Christmas and a happy New Year, even if it isn’t for a few days yet. Stop for a moment in the evening and listen to the birdsong. Go out and see if you can find its source, if possible. And if not – well, it doesn’t matter. It’s Christmas, after all.