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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.
[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
Edited on Oct 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM · View previous versions