Michael Givant

Michael Givant is a columnist for Anton Media Group. His column A Bird's Eye View is popular among local birdwatchers and photographers.

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Images That Won’t Shake Loose

Because I bird every day in winter, I see some avian scenes that aren’t easy to forget. Here are some including the places in which came across them. Shinbone Alley This isn’t the first time that I’ve...

Pelican Documentary ‘Gets It’

Pelican Dreams, a documentary by Judy Irving, who made "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," explores the lives of brown pelicans and in the end "gets it" about these birds as sentient beings. The film begins...

Meandering Along A Florida Beach

Almost every day during the winter, I walk a stretch of beach that includes Whitney Beach and when it’s accessible, Beer Can Island, the northern most part of Longboat Key. I meander from bird to...

Coming To Terms With Battered Birds

I love the beauty of wild birds, but when they are injured I’m disturbed by their fractured limbs and bloody gashes. However, it’s something with which I’m learning to cope. Bloodied Birds Royal terns are large with...

Weather Turns Birding Into Art

Weather is a birder’s constant and variable companion. Fog and rain obscure the landscape but allow us to see birds in ways we haven’t before. Bright sunlight illuminates birds with exceptional clarity but can also...

Seeing Is Believing

Good birding is made up of moments; they can be seconds or minutes. They can come from seeing everyday birds. They can also come looking through fog into the eye of a bird looking back...

Morning At An Avian Supermarket

If you want to see birds, morning is when they are most active as that’s when they feed. The beach across the street on Longboat Key, Florida, where my wife and I stay in the...

Under Morning Skies

  I never know what I’’ll  see when I go birding. Foggy days bring mystery, while a day under a sky filled with pebbly clouds can bring scores of birds that lead to a practical idea.Click...

Images With Staying Power

Images that remain after the birds have flown is part of good birding. Last winter on two consecutive days I saw some rare and some mundane images that have stayed with me.Click here for more...

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