Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk, MacGillivray’s Warbler

Twenty-eight kilometers east of Revelstoke, BC is the entrance to the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk.  A 1.2 km trail and boardwalk leads you over a swamp inhabited by muskrat, beaver, skunk cabbage and a host of birds.

I was told, a few years ago, that this area was a reliable place to see a MacGillivray’s Warbler.  Hopefully the 4th time visiting,  would be the charm and I’d get lucky.  I’d heard the warbler here, but I’d never been able to get one out in the open.  I did manage a crappy image the first visit and would love a better image.

We arrived at 10am,  it was an overcast,  rainy morning but Sue and I decided to give it a try, regardless.  The place was deserted and We’d barely gotten a hundred yards when a movement caught my eye.

There it was, a MacGillivrey’s, bouncing around a dead fallen branch.  Camera on my shoulder I watched it disappear into the foliage (much like its close relative the Mourning Warbler).  I thought , drat, another chance blown at this bird.  So on we went, a few birds were seen but no sign of a MacGillivray’s.

We came back to the same fallen branch, and again movement caught my eye, this time I was ready.  Manually focusing on the moving bird, I got a photo of his tail, back, various positions but none of them with the bird, out in the open.  Then as if the bird was giving me a reward for my patience.  Out he came in full view, Sue and I got great looks, binoculars not needed.





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