I found this picture on the US Fish and Wildlife Service‘s Flickr site. That’s where they put a lot of photos from their oil spill recovery efforts.
If you haven’t visited the agency’s oil spill news site, I would highly recommend it. You can find it here: www.fws.gov/home/dhoilspill. The team had been updating the site almost every day, but now is going to once a week since the worst part of the spill is over. That doesn’t mean their efforts have slowed. It just means there isn’t as much to report. Now I will have to wait until Fridays to keep up with what is going on.
One happy note they’ve left us with is the release Saturday of two blue herons near Gulf Shores, Ala. Here’s the photo that was posted today.
(Two Great Blue Herons were released on Saturday at the 6,150-acre Gulf State Park on Shelby Lake near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Richard Looney, Carissa Kent, and Ken Rice are shown from left to right releasing two herons. Two other birds – a Royal Tern and a Laughing Gull – also were released. The birds were cleaned at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Theodore, Alabama. So far, nearly 1,000 birds have been cleaned up four wildlife rehabilitation centers from Louisiana to Florida. Photo by Brooke Thorington.)
What a gorgeous bird. I am always in awe when I see such beautiful creatures.