Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

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A dead and oiled juvenile Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) floats in waters adjacent to a nesting colony on Queen Bess Island. With feathers damaged by oil, birds lose the ability to properly shed water and quickly become waterlogged, heavy and unable to fly. Even a small amount of oil and water can render a bird flightless. This can cause death by drowning, an inability to regulate its body temperature, or starvation. Barataria Bay, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. July 2010.
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A dead and oiled juvenile Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) floats in waters adjacent to a nesting colony on Queen Bess Island. With feathers damaged by oil, birds lose the ability to properly shed water and quickly become waterlogged, heavy and unable to fly. Even a small amount of oil and water can render a bird flightless. This can cause death by drowning, an inability to regulate its body temperature, or starvation. Barataria Bay, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. July 2010.

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