The final edition of the Birds of the Bow Valley showcases a juvenile osprey swallowing some of its diet of fish brought by one of its parents. The photo was taken at a large nest on top of the bridge crossing the Bow River near Castle Junction in Banff National Park.
The Birds of the Bow Valley series began in May with the rufous hummingbird and finishes with the osprey, a large raptor (predatory bird) that is widespread around much of the world.
Michael Potter, the photographer in the series, noted with a greater appreciation comes an enhanced awareness of protecting birds and the habitats they need to survive and thrive.
“I hope readers and viewers have enjoyed the words and images I’ve presented, and that they have been inspired to learn about and cherish our Birds of the Bow Valley,” Potter said.
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.