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On the morning of August 25th, I chartered a boat to a little island south of Lake Felicity off the Louisiana coast to check out the reports of thousands of dead birds I had been hearing about from other birders. I also wanted to confirm my suspicions from finding dead birds on the roadside and dead fish in the bayou in Pointe-aux-Chenes recently.
I walked not two feet and there they were...strewn around like popcorn all over the place...laughing gulls. I guess I kinda of expressed my sentiments loudly cause Mr. Verdin was at my side in no time flat to see what I saw. He was also in complete awe. We walked the island together, mostly in silence, lost in our own thoughts and fears and sadness.
Then I spotted her...a mother gull with an egg fully intact. She was under a mangrove brush where she made her nest to raise her young. But it was never to be...she died before the egg even had a chance to hatch. It was hard to take these photographs and think professionally to "make" them look good. Death, this way at least, is not pretty. I wondered how she had died. Was it from the Corexit? Was it from eating toxic fish? Was it drinking toxins in the water? Did she suffer? Was it painful?
This calls to mind the famous quote:
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The Hollow Men (1925) is a major poem by T. S. Eliot, the Nobel-Prize-winning modernist poet. Its themes are, like many of Eliot's poems, overlapping and fragmentary, but it is recognised to be concerned most with post-War Europe under the Treaty of Versailles
"This is how the world will end, not with a bang but a whimper"
Another 20 feet north, another 10-20 gulls, maybe more. Then I headed East and found some more mothers, sitting in their nest with an egg in each nest. One egg had what looked to be rust spots on it. Maybe it was oil splattered? Or toxins eating into the shell? Independent scientific studies will need to be conducted. I was told samples were taken from the flesh of some of the gulls. After seeing these two nest with eggs, I headed for the boat. Every step in the deep marsh grass was carefully placed as not to step even on an empty nest, or a weak or dead bird.
Then I spotted three juvenile brown pelicans about two months old as they had grown in some brown feathers. I could just see the tops of their heads, all eyes starring at me. :-) They were flapping in the middle of the island trying to head south, but were not flying. I watched them for a while and as I approached, they started to move away except for one. She didn't move...so I got a little closer to see if I could tell what if anything was wrong. I got about 10 feet away. Her wings didn't appear to be broken. No broken legs or feet either. I could see her feathers were sort of unfeathered if that makes sense. Like they were fluffed up and out of place, but not oiled at all. She still had a little downy feathers so I'm hoping it is that she is just not mature enough to fly yet.
On Thursday, August 19, 2010 LEAN/LMRKwent on a sampling trip into Terrebonne Bay… accompanied by Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau…
What we encountered [Modoto Island] stunned us all. The ground was littered with… [s]o many dead birds that we aren’t sure how many were out there, many dozens of dead birds just in the small area which we surveyed on the island… [in] various states of decay, from scattered bones to a tern that couldn’t have been dead for more than a day and everything in between, that this is an ongoing situation.
We also saw a juvenile gull that was in distress. It could hardly walk and was very unsteady… By the time we finished our sampling and were ready to leave the island the bird had died. …
It is clear to me that these birds are somehow being poisoned by the BP event.
What was suppose to be a day of sediment sampling in the Gulf turned out to be something much more greusome
Originally posted by antar
Remember how in the 'Lower astrals thread I made mention of how "They" hate water? And how they are and have been taking positions of power from the community level up to the very top 3 lettered agencies?
THIS is the effects of what I was trying to discuss, the thread as with most of the vital info I have come here to share and try and figure out for myself was derailed and laughed at.
We need light more so now than ever. I fear the worst for all soon.
fowls swoop down on Abraham's sacrifices, and he has to drive them away (see Deuteronomy 28:26). The end-time Babylon becomes "a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird" (Revelation 18:2).
In the parable, Jesus predicts the birds of the air would lodge in the branches. These "birds," demons led by "the prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2), have continually tried to infiltrate the church. Upon the unsuspecting early church, Satan moved quickly to implant his agents in it to teach false doctrine while appearing to be true Christians. Just as God permitted Satan to tempt Job intensely (Job 1:12; 2:6) and to sift Peter as wheat (Luke 22:31), He has allowed antichrists to lodge within His church (I Corinthians 11:18-19).
This is Dangerous and deceitful, where the hell is BP?
Gulf oil spill: Most of the oil remains
August 19, 2010 | 4:52 pm
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a controversial “oil spill budget” Aug. 2 estimating that a large part of the oil released into the Gulf of Mexico by the Deepwater Horizon spill was gone. But in a hearing on Capitol Hill, a NOAA official conceded that three-fourths of the pollutants from the 4.1 million barrels spewed into the gulf are still lingering in the environment.
Originally posted by Lookingup
Also, remember that Obama is on record as saying he was going to make the Gulf Coast better than it was before the spill. I wonder when that starts?
Obama: Gulf Will Return to Normal, Better Than Before
Originally posted by justadood
Originally posted by Lookingup
Also, with all the hand-wringing and social networking on this forum lately, its less like a news site and more like facespace/mybook!
[edit on 27-8-2010 by justadood]
She died one hour later...
Dolphins drown in oil as they breathe the gunk in as they swim. As you can see the oil is mercilessly floating and killing dolphins. Photo by Alex Brandon / AP
National Wildlife Federation senior scientist Dr. Doug Inkley explains, these numbers tell only part of the story: "The deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are particularly tragic, because we know we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg with those that have been washed up onshore and tested."
Read more: www.sfgate.com...
This one lived in a pod, bore children, loved, laughed, ate, made love...
Old and wise, this om was...
I wont say to you what I would, not because I will be again admonished by the Mods, but because for you to follow me through my threads always taking and showing NO empathy for nature , people and animals, instead I leave you with this from my heart of hearts...
[edit on 27-8-2010 by antar]