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Pray for the Pelicans, 5: Enjoying Life

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 29 May 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Am still on-message and repeating it this week... The BP oil spill has invaded the brown pelican rookeries along the Louisiana coastal wetlands. Nesting pelicans are being coated by oil and dying. People are making efforts to save them, but the numbers are huge and the places very remote. I feel pretty helpless to turn things around, but am personally boycotting all BP products as one small act of outrage. And I am going to spend a week here with you all, and the beautiful, graceful pelicans. If you have pelican photos, please post them. God made pelicans for life.

NIKON D80 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 300 mm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Here they are, swimming and flying in beautifully clear water ... just as God intended!

29 May 2010 5:07am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful. I love the colours - the water is beautiful.

29 May 2010 10:59am

Avian Grey from London, United Kingdom

How different these behave to those I see only in my Parks and Zoos . . but I gess there are arguments for and against either environment.

29 May 2010 12:44pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a beautiful shot of them and tragic to imagine so many of them may never fly anymore

29 May 2010 1:16pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

As soon as I saw your image it pulled at me to get boots on and make my way through the remote area to help save the seabirds and other creatures trying to survive. I see images of them coated in oil, it breaks me.
Your image portrays their free spirit and life as it should be.

29 May 2010 1:59pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Such a wonderful feeling of freedom. Beautiful shot!

29 May 2010 2:12pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice catch here.....the news still sucks!!! going out this morning, in hopes of "shooting" some pelicans!!!

29 May 2010 2:51pm

Don at SLACKWATER from spokane, United States

A fine pelican shot. I hope their carefree days will be returned to them!

29 May 2010 3:12pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

posting one in solidarity with you tomorrow.....

29 May 2010 3:52pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

The picture of freedom and pelican 'purpose.' Dread to see how that might all be disrupted !! So very sad.

29 May 2010 6:22pm

Merilee from Tn, United States

nice capture..and a lot of meaning.

29 May 2010 7:01pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I am surprised that BP isn't gathering up the wild life and squeezing every last drop of oil out of them and then shoving the corpses into the pipe.

29 May 2010 7:25pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Nice shot and all support for the birdlife that is being so negatively impacted by this disaster.

29 May 2010 8:25pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Nice shot!

30 May 2010 4:13am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I'm posting with you the next few days starting here. This whole thing is beyond sad. What a disaster and so unnecessary!

31 May 2010 5:25am

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

ugh. madness. such unbelievable destruction of one of nature's true wonder, the pelican.

31 May 2010 9:55pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I LOVE this image! It almost looks 3-D.

1 Jun 2010 5:20pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
300 mm