The film tells the story of white-throated dipper, whose survival is written to the ever-changing seasons. Our hero, whose natural habitat is the forest and river, shares his space with other species of birds such as: robin, blackbird or kingfisher. Among the murmur of the river, dipper, like his neighbors, indulges in the rhythms of his nature, seeking partners, building nests and foraging. All of these activities take place in the beautiful natural setting. But the domain wildlife is not only peace, but also a danger, lurking near the river.

Images are adjusted to the rhythm of the seasons, autumn leaves fall, and river freezes, and then comes the thaw. Among these changing conditions of life, dipper, like his neighbours ombudsmen, remains vigilant … but is it always?


A small upland river where nature thrives under bright sunlight… Sunlight always followed by shadows.



Directed by


Sound design and mixing

Sound Recordist

Scientific Advisors

Special Support

Main Location Assistants

Text Editor


Assistant Editor

Director of Photography


Additional sounds:

Krzysztof Kubik

Karolina Mazur

Krzysztof Kubik

Lewis Jones

Prof. Stephen Ormerod

Peter Mawby MA (Cantab.)

Simon Vickery

David Arrundale

Mark Arrundale

Jane Riddell

Krzysztof Kubik

Karolina Mazur

Krzysztof Kubik

Krzysztof Kubik

Mark DiAngelo from

Mike Koenig from

Caroline Ford from

Erik Eggenkamp, XC72766. Accessible at

Buhl Johannes, XC164928. Accessible at

Dawid Jablonski, XC185754. Accessible at


Prof. Stephen Ormerod

Professor of Ecology, Cardiff School of Biosciences

Peter Mawby MA (Cantab.)

Helen Brown

Trust Manager Water of Leith Conservation Trust

Kathryn Cox

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club

DR Stephanie J. Tyler

Emma Davie

Head of Film & TV, Edinburgh College of Art

David Cairns

Lecturer Film Directing (Drama), Edinburgh College of Art

Julie Bills

Film and TV Technician, Edinburgh College of Art

Amy Hardie

Head of Research at Scottish Documentary Institute – SDI Productions Ltd.


Duncan & Ellie MacKinnon