The dipper is perhaps the most unusual bird in this region. It is a songbird that hunts for comestibles on the floor of turbulent mountain streams. It peeks below the water’s surface and dives to the creek bottom to fetch things to eat.
Here a dipper pauses on a rock before resuming its hunt for food in the creek.
The dipper stands on a rock and sticks its head underwater to search the bottom.
This is the horaltic pose, sometimes adopted by large birds to warm or dry their wings. The dipper does not need to do either of these things. Indeed, this is the first time I have seen a dipper adopt this stance (see, horaltic vultures).