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Mrs. B and I have been touring the National Parks of the Southwest this week... Zion, Bryce, North Rim, Monument Valley, and the South Rim today. HIGHLY recommended road-trip.
So I'm finishing up a sunrise shoot with my 18-70 kit lens when 4 Condors cruise in for a nice surprise, so I zoom all the way out to 70mm and fire away.
This is a real heavy crop, but I thought you might enjoy seeing it... I sure did.
It was nice to hear that all the efforts to re-populate this bird have made great strides in dramatically increasing their numbers.

Kirk

[Edit] In response to a few queries about the numbered wing tag, here is some additional info about their fascinating story:

Regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world, the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is the largest land bird in North America with a wingspan up to 9 1/2 feet and weighing up to 23 pounds.

There are currently over 70 condors flying free in northern Arizona and southern Utah, including several that were raised in wild nest caves within or near to the Grand Canyon.

The rest come from the captive breeding program. Even the wild-raised birds are mostly now wearing numbered tags and transmitters. The numbers allow you to learn more specifics about any bird you get a close look at.

Population numbers from the US Fish & Wildlife Service as of September 30, 2012:

World Total: 410
Captive Population (including birds temporarily in captivity): 180
Wild Population: 230
o California: 125
o Baja California, Mexico: 28
o Arizona/Utah: 77








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Oct 27, 2012 at 07:17 AM
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Kirk, what an AWESOME thing to experience and a great shot to remember it by.

-Tim



Oct 27, 2012 at 07:40 AM
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Excellent shot Kirk, well captured. I'm envious of you on your trip by the way
David



Oct 27, 2012 at 08:33 AM
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A great experience Kirk, and nicely documented ~ Ron


Oct 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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Wow, Kirk! Sure can't tell this is a "heavy crop"; it looks tack-sharp, with the number and transmitter clearly visible. What you could have done with your telephoto, but this is super, with all the landscape details. I'd dearly love to see a California Condor, but this is a fine substitute until that time... Yes, I plan to visit all those areas during my 2013-14 Life on the Road Tour. AND Capitol Reef in Utah, one of my fave national parks.

Best Wishes,
Steve



Oct 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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Must have been real exciting to see those birds. Nice shot despite you lack of pull.


Oct 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
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Very cool KIrk.

Rob



Oct 27, 2012 at 03:59 PM
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Is it me or is the number 80 written on the bird's right wing?


Oct 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
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shuttermaster wrote:
Is it me or is the number 80 written on the bird's right wing?


And I was thinking 08 Good Eye Ed



Oct 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
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WOW,
Love the shot from above Kirk.
Gary



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I think the perspective that focal length gave is just super for this shot Kirk! Transponder and all it one cool shot and a bit dizzying too
Incredible shot, great Birdscape image my friend!

Karl



Oct 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
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an excellent shot Kirk


Oct 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
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Ed Robertson wrote:
And I was thinking 08 Good Eye Ed


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That is as tagged bird. Being that condors are an endangered specie I suspect that most of them (and there are not too many) are tagged



Oct 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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Freakin off the chain buddy Wowwwwwwwwww!!!!!!

You have a TC on that 70mm


grats my friend, this is completely awesome!


Tom



Oct 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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Brilliant shots...birding with a 70mm lens! Great grabs and realizing you saw 1% of all the world's population...amazing!
Eric



Oct 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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tfoltz wrote:
Kirk, what an AWESOME thing to experience and a great shot to remember it by.

-Tim


It was really cool to see them... if only I had my trusty 300.
Thanks Tim, I'll remember it for a long time.

Kirk



Oct 28, 2012 at 06:37 AM
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David Leask wrote:
Excellent shot Kirk, well captured. I'm envious of you on your trip by the way
David


Thanks so much David. We did this roadtrip in 2006 and loved it so much we had to do it again.
I'll probably be posting some pics in the Landscape forum soon.

Kirk



Oct 28, 2012 at 06:40 AM
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surfnron wrote:
A great experience Kirk, and nicely documented ~ Ron


Thanks Ron, it was a totally unexpected and wonderful opportunity.

Kirk



Oct 28, 2012 at 06:41 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · California Condor Soaring [Edit: Added Info]


Awesome bird ! Great info - thanks Kirk.


Oct 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
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trailhiker wrote:
Wow, Kirk! Sure can't tell this is a "heavy crop"; it looks tack-sharp, with the number and transmitter clearly visible. What you could have done with your telephoto, but this is super, with all the landscape details. I'd dearly love to see a California Condor, but this is a fine substitute until that time... Yes, I plan to visit all those areas during my 2013-14 Life on the Road Tour. AND Capitol Reef in Utah, one of my fave national parks.

Best Wishes,
Steve


Thanks for the very kind words Steve... next time I'll have my 300 with me.

This is our second such roadtrip in 6 years to these wonderful NP's, and we love them so much I'm sure we'll do it again. You will of course have a great time. My favorite thing this trip was the hike up to Angel's Landing in Zion NP, it is the most spectacular hike I have ever done. The second best thing was a visit for the first time to Valley of the Gods about 25 miles north of Monument Valley... you have to go there as well. I'll be posting some images in the Landscape forum in the next couple of weeks as I sort through my images.

Thanks again, Kirk



Oct 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
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