An adult I found in the river at Agua Calientes, near Machu Picchu, Peru
The dipper on the other hand I never really knew about until I started scanning through the Peruvian fieldguide. Dippers are truly enigmatic. A Wren shaped thrush-like bird that nests by rivers and walks along riverbeds to seek its food. That's some crazy bird!
I love watching Dippers in the UK and in Europe I find them so fascinating. I remember watching one really close up at a concrete weir in Extremadura, Spain. I was so close that I could really see its white eyelids as it blinked, unconcerned by me. Seeing the White-capped Dipper in a raging river in the middle of a touristy town was a big surprise. It was just like the dipper that I was used to back home, only with a slightly slimmer build and of course, a different plumage.
There are just five species in the world with seemingly single species representation in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. I've now had the pleasure of seeing three of them. I guess I'll have to make it a mission to see the other two!
Dippers of the world