While the sky is a little overexposed in this image, I think it is one of the most compelling oil spill photos I've seen from the recent environmental disasters in San Francisco and Russia. The anguish of the bird seems very human-like as those attempting to begin the clean-up can only look on.
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A poisoned and oil covered bird lies dying in front of local volunteers removing oil pollution from the Black Sea shore in the port Kavkaz, 13 November 2007. Hundreds of Russian soldiers battled to clean up a 2,000-tonne oil spill Tuesday in environmentally sensitive waters caused by a fierce Black Sea storm that wrecked five ships.