[June 2010. Birds that depend on the Gulf of Mexico are at constant risk from oiling as they feed, bathe and swim in the waters that sustain them] [American White Pelican] [Photograph of an American white pelican in the ocean. It is brown from oil.] [Roseate Spoonbill] [Photograph of an oiled roseate spoonbill perched in a tree with its wings out.] [Royal Tern] [Photograph of several royal terns standing on the beach. Brown marks of oil are visible on some.] [Sandwich and Forster’s Tern] [Photograph of oiled Sandwich and Forster’s terns standing in the sand.] [Sanderling] [Photograph of a sanderling covered in oil standing in the sand.] [Herring Gull] [Photograph of an oiled herring gull on the beach.] [Snowy Egret] [Shots of oiled snowy egrets.] [Laughing Gull] [Photograph of a laughing gull covered in oil.] [Perhaps the most devastating images to date have been those of the Brown Pelicans completely mired in oil.] [Their large size, robust plumage, and feeding technique of diving headlong into the ocean, have made them especially vulnerable.] [Photos of brown pelicans completely covered in oil.] [Cornell Lab teams have documented 14 bird species with oiled plumage to date.] [Photographs by Ben Clock] 

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Images of oiled birds from the Gulf Coast taken by Cornell Lab teams in June 2010. Birds were oiled as the result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Species seen include American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Snowy Egret, Sanderling, terns, and gulls. There was a huge effort underway at the time to capture these birds and bring them to rehabilitation experts for treatment. For more information please visit our FAQ on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and its affect on birds.