The eighth week of Birds of the Bow Valley has photographer Michael W. Potter give us a glimpse a familiar bird in the common loon – an evocative symbol of wilderness, renowned for its haunting calls.
This family was on Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park – just outside of the Bow Valley – which is an example of a mainly undisturbed place with good habitat where the species can nest successfully. It is amusing how the young loon on the right seems to be looking at its sibling, which is about to swallow a fish, with the thought of having that morsel itself.
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.