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Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 29 May 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Pelican #4 ... These huge, beautiful birds can no longer fly when covered with oil.

You know, while taking a closer look, I think he's peeing on the powers that be for not acting responsibly in Louisiana. BP and Transocean - shame on you!
I support Viewfinder aka Glenn in his appeal for the pelicans and all shore birds of Louisiana and the Gulf coast.

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SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

You know I was so angered recently on TV when two of the oil refinery bigwigs were giving a press conference and said that everything was fine and there was relatively little impact or damage........ It made my blood boil!

The impact on the sea and birdlife has been catastrophic and will affect generations of animals, and yet again mankind, the dumbest of the apes is guilty of a cover up, a bodge up and a complete balls up! We are a plague on Little Earth. I'd like to do more than pee on those arrogant SOB's.

Rant over, great post Judy.

29 May 2010 12:45pm

@SOUL AFLAME: That press conference would have made my blood boil also! Their arrogance shows that they are sitting on their brains, that is, if they have any! Personally, I think they're greedy apes!

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So glad to see more and more supporting VFs protest, and yes I think the bird is and wish more would pee on those responsible for this outrageous disaster

29 May 2010 1:15pm

@JJ: Thanks, JJ ... we're happy to see those from beyond the Gulf area joining in.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Judy, what a fortuitous capture - the pelican "peeing" on BP, Transocean, and may I add Federal officials (elected and appointed) who would try to minimize, spin, or in some other way deny the catastrophic damage that is done and will be done in the future to the entire Gulf of Mexico ecosystem because of this very avoidable oil spill. If BP and Transocean had done what they knew to be the proper precautionary/safety protocols just before the explosion, if the Federal Govt. had properly regulated these for-profit giants, eleven people might be alive today, and we might not be looking at decades of desolation for parts of the Gulf coastal places and deep water environs.

29 May 2010 1:20pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you, Glenn, and you're right the Feds are in this too. Paul's comment was sickening that the 'bigwigs' can dare state there was 'little impact'.

I had seen on Twitter that Max Lucado was preparing his talk for the service for the eleven lost. All I could think about, was if he felt he had to be PC. I'm sure he put it in the Lord's hands, but ...

Barbara from Florida, United States

Look up, BP Execs, and politicians, look up this pelican has something for you!
I do hope that is all it is and not a piece of monofilament fishing line, another disaster for our wildlife. But survivable.
I am heartbroken over this disaster especially knowing BP was allowed to operate this way.
I am happy to see your pelican in flight.

29 May 2010 2:09pm

@Barbara: I really don't think it was mono-filament, Barb as it dissipates pretty quickly.
I've been all through my images and found a number more pelicans, and then of course, I have the rest of my beach shots from last fall. They're all in my queue!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great catch Judy........like that he's peeing on the bad guys!!!!

29 May 2010 2:54pm

@Susan: Oops ... just left you a short message on your image. Did you read Paul's comment?

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I just read Paul's comment.......I can't believe anyone would make a statement like that, after seeing what I did on the tv last night.......It's just devastating what's happened to the wetlands in Louisiana........makes me literally ill.......Just feel so helpless.......but if going out and looking for pelicans to shoot is a small bit of support for all those creatures, than that's what I'll be doing!!!

29 May 2010 6:05pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan; I knew if you read Paul's comment, you would be touched. We don't have pelicans up here in Hernando County ... or if they're here, it's only occasionally. I'm just happy I 'shot' them when and where I found them.
Florida needs the tourists, and the only upside to BP downplaying the impact, is that maybe everyone won't cancel their reservations ... a sweet/sour conclusion.

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Hopefully these strong majestic birds will outlive this disaster. I hear that they have been given the "go" in Louisiana to build more barrier islands off the coast to protect for these disasters and hurricanes too.

29 May 2010 8:37pm

@Sandy Weston: The news reports vary so widely, we're not convinced that BP has the coastline's health at heart, but we will pray what you heard is correct!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I really don't see how BP can be trying to downplay what's going on....the images they keep showing on tv are just total devastation......i haven't heard anything today on how the top kill process is going....think i'll go check the web for any news.....

29 May 2010 10:13pm

@Susan: Hi Susan ... the latest we've heard on CNN is that they have no confirmation that the top kill is working. :(
BP is hoping the microbes will eat up the dispersed oil.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

what i saw online a bit ago was that the top kill did not work, they're stopping it, and moving on to their next 'effort" to stop the leak....seems like this is just dragging on forever.....

30 May 2010 12:58am

@Susan: All I can say is that BP must be 'in bed' with our government officials and the darn oil lobbyists are controlling things in Washington. It's hard to be proud of our country right now. :(

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I hope he does! ;)

31 May 2010 3:03am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Some people think they can just fly away and the oil will not be a problem. It so, why do we see photos like the one I posted for June 5?!!!

5 Jun 2010 3:23pm

@B. Thomas: We absolutely HAVE to see the horrible images - your posting for today (6/5) is a 'killer' but so necessary!

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