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Birds of the Bow Valley – spotted sandpiper

In the fourth week of Birds of the Bow Valley, Michael W. Potter looks at the Virginia rail – a colourful bird seen here at the Basin Marsh in Banff National Park. This often elusive species is even found there in winter, thanks to the warm water
0617 Spotted Sandpiper young
The spotted sandpiper is a precocious bird that is almost immediately active after hatching and looks like a fuzz ball on quite long legs. The photo of this young bird was taken in Bow Valley Provincial Park, while the young bird was scurrying about with a parent and siblings. The photographer did not approach the bird for the photo, but stayed put and watched the activity. The breeding adults of the species have a spotted breast and bob their tails more-or-less continuously. The breeding adults of the species have a spotted breast and bob their tails more-or-less continuously. MICHAEL W. POTTER MICHAELWPOTTER.CA/SPECIAL TO THE OUTLOOK

In the fourth week of Birds of the Bow Valley, Michael W. Potter looks at the spotted sandpiper. A precocious bird that is almost immediately active after hatching and looks like a fuzz ball on quite long legs.

The photo of this young bird was taken in Bow Valley Provincial Park, while the young bird was scurrying about with a parent and siblings. The photographer did not approach the bird for the image, but stayed put and watched the activity. The breeding adults of the species have a spotted breast and bob their tails more-or-less continuously.

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.