Pelicans Perch on Oil Booms

Pelicans gather at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
(Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall, U.S. Coast Guard)

GRAND ISLE, La. -- Brown pelicans congregate on containment boom that surrounds Queen Bess Island, a few miles north of Grand Isle, Louisiana on August 25, 2010, a few months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The island is a sensitive nesting area for brown pelicans. More about the Gulf oil spill can be found in our Gulf oil spill featured story.