In the second week of Birds of the Bow Valley, Michael W. Potter looks at the Boreal Owl – one of the smaller and usually elusive owls in western Canada. On only his second day of doing digital photography in 2005, and after having shot slides for several years, he was fortunate in seeing this owl in Kananaskis Country. The species of owl has a northern distribution and frequents coniferous forests.
Michael W. (Mike) Potter is a professional photographer specializing in birds. He is a former park interpreter in Banff National Park, and the author and photographer of eight books on hiking and natural history in the Canadian Rockies, distributed by Canmore-based Alpine Book Peddlers. Potter’s website is michaelwpotter.ca, which includes a link to his bird photographs on Flickr.