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Ever since I first saw a photo of a Red Knot, I dreamed of seeing and photographing one in person. They are an uncommon bird in British Columbia, but I eventually I saw my first knot back in 2014. It was during September, so the bird was not sporting it’s beautiful breeding colours. Over the following years I saw many more knots, but always in their non-breeding plumage (see second photo). That is normal here in British Columbia, because we usually see knots in the fall, rather than in the spring. Eventually, I got to see my first knot in breeding colours. I was blown away by its beauty, but the bird was so far away that it was essentially a speck in the distance. While on a recent trip to Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim, I finally had the opportunity to see a Red Knot in its breeding colours up close. A change in weather brought a number of these birds down from their 14,000 kilometre (9000 mile) migration to the beaches of the pacific coast, where I spent a couple mornings getting muddy photographing them. They are stunning shorebirds!