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Sparky — SOS wonder bird

Sparky — SOS wonder bird

On September 2, 2011 a Red Shouldered Hawk was brought to the hospital at Save Our Seabirds (SOS) after being severely singed by a methane gas burner.

December 27, 2012 | Posted in In the news, Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Whit-Can Beach is bird-rich

Whit-Can Beach is bird-rich

MICHAEL GIVANT Contributing Writer givant@lbknews.com Whit-Can Beach is a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island that I walked almost every morning last winter. When I went out I never knew what I’d see and sometimes found surprises. With winter in its last month the morning the sky over Whitney Beach has […]

September 15, 2012 | Posted in News Shorts | Read More »

Whit-Can Beach is bird-rich

Whit-Can Beach is bird-rich

“Whit-Can Beach,” a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island, was particularly rich with bird life at the end of February and the beginning of March. Here’s what it looked like on two of those days.

September 9, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Birds make a splash on Whit-Can Beach

Birds make a splash on Whit-Can Beach

“Whit-Can Beach,” a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island, was particularly rich with bird life at the end of February and the beginning of March. Here’s what it looked like on two of those days.

August 2, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Swept away on Whit-Can Beach

Swept away on Whit-Can Beach

There are times while birding that I’ve really gotten caught up in the moment. This last happened on a cold, windy Saturday morning this January. While walking Whit-Can Beach, a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island, I was swept away by a group of 1.4-ounce birds.

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Is a picture really worth 1,000 words?

Is a picture really worth 1,000 words?

It’s the last full day on LBK for my wife and me this winter. Hoping for some last-minute bird pictures, I take my camera. On Whitney Beach there are a large number of black specks on the horizon coalescing into a straight horizontal line. The bills and wingspan readily identify them as brown pelicans. These gawky looking birds are really agile fliers and show it, as 30 of them veer to the right in a synchronized movement. Nice.

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Photo opportunity on Beer Can Island

Photo opportunity on Beer Can Island

It’s the last full day on LBK for my wife and me this winter. Hoping for some last-minute bird pictures, I take my camera. On Whitney Beach there are a large number of black specks on the horizon coalescing into a straight horizontal line. The bills and wingspan readily identify them as brown pelicans. These gawky looking birds are really agile fliers and show it, as 30 of them veer to the right in a synchronized movement. Nice.

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

A day at Myakka River State Park

A day at Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of the state’s oldest and largest parks at 37,000 acres. It has enough to do all day as the park features a tram ride, an airboat ride, a birdwalk, a weir and some picnic tables near Upper Myakka Lake where, on a cloudy March day, my wife, two friends and I watched a multitude of avian life.

April 27, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Highlights from a birding class

Highlights from a birding class

This February I taught a birding class at the Longboat Key Education Center where we went on three field trips in and around LBK. As birds don’t have schedules, don’t phone, email or text where they’ll be in advance, you never know what you are going to see. Here are some highlights from those birding walks.

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Cloudy mornings on the beach

Cloudy mornings on the beach

Cloudy mornings on LBK beaches have a pleasing two-fold effect. They allow me to see birds without the glare of water and sand that is found on bright sunny days. They also turn the landscape into a theatrical stage setting, thereby creating mood.

March 12, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »