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This tour is not only for aspiring birdwatchers, but also for curious nature lovers and outdoor photographers. In our unique outdoor “classroom,” we’ll focus on one of the fastest-growing hobbies in North America: birding. The alpine and subalpine landscapes within close reach of our cozy lodge are the perfect places to hone birdwatching skills, not to mention conduct some outdoor photography of birds and landscapes. Join us at Mcgillivray Pass for 4 days of guided birding with professional nature guide and wildlife photographer Steve Ogle. The trip will take place during the peak of autumn migration of an array of alpine birds and raptors, providing guests with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, share their experience with like-minded nature lovers and to photograph a variety of different species in an idyllic environment.
The bird migration window coincides with an extremely picturesque time of year, when some alpine wildflowers will still be blooming yet the green hues of summer will be giving way to rich autumn tones. The light is fantastic at this time of year and we will take full advantage of the golden hours with our camera gear and binoculars in hand, on the hunt for goodies such as White-tailed Ptarmigan, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and Mountain Bluebirds. Spectacular raptor flights, mixed flocks of songbirds, and colourful beauties will be on our target list! Indeed, McGillivray Pass is a perfect corridor for migrant birds coming from B.C.’s interior to the coast. Some other likely encounters include everything from the Yellow-rumped Warbler to the Golden Eagle. Mammals such as Black Bear, Hoary Marmot and Mule Deer are likely but anything could show up, including wolf or grizzly! Our experienced hiking guides will be on hand to monitor the landscape and help to spot birds and other wildlife.
After some easy-going forays out in the field, evenings or coffee sessions will be spent going over some of the tools we use for optimizing these nature adventures (ebird, birding apps and books) and of course some birding ID tips. We’ll review some of our photos and have a look into what photo editing software is best. Steve will be on hand to provide feedback and handy tips to enable guests’ photography and editing skills to develop throughout the trip.
About Steve Ogle
Steve has a broad range of interests but on top is loving nature. He guides internationally on birding tours to far-flung places such as Patagonia and Costa Rica, but calls British Columbia home for obvious reasons.
“The combination of mountain landscapes and activities here in B.C. is second-to-none,” he says. The skiing and hiking isn’t bad either, he adds, which is why he’s teaming up with Whitecap for this unique adventure, with cozy infrastructure in place.
You’ll see Steve’s photos in British Columbia Magazine, Explore, Mountain Life, and other journals.