Michael Givant - A Bird's Eye View

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Brown Pelican Feeding Frenzy

It’s a shutout. I’m walking over a mile-long Florida drawbridge from Anna Maria Island to Cortez hoping to get some pictures of brown pelicans and cormorants flying over and beneath the bridge. Not a bird...

When Uncommon Birds Show Up

When uncommonly seen birds show up for days, it gives birders a chance to identify them and learn their behavior as well. Such sightings also may be for a scant minute so you have to...

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...
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