I hope these pelicans fully recover. We've previously discussed the challenges of picture editing for the Gulf Oil Spill story here, and have also specifically addressed here how we strive for transparency when publishing handout pictures like this one, from Greenpeace.
Daniel Beltra / Greenpeace via EPA
A Greenpeace handout photo shows adult brown pelicans waiting in a holding pen to be cleaned by volunteers at the Fort Jackson International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras, Louisiana, USA, 21 June 2010. Members of the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research team work to clean birds covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead.