Potholes are the still bodies of water and ponds that are speckled abundantly throughout the prairies. This is the perfect environment for all sorts of shorebirds, including Sandpipers, Stilts, Plovers, Dowitchers, Snipes – the list goes one. One of my favorites, a unique and beautiful shorebird called the Wilson Snipe, is often perched on fence posts in the summers. It will stand silently on one leg and adopt the ‘don’t move and I won’t be seen’ method of defense, making it a easy to capture nice close-ups of its oblong head, long beak and expressive eyes.

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