#54, #55, #28
Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Peggy sAw it fly in, and saw the wing marker. Looks like a youngster!
I spotted a large bird soaring above the canyon and thought it might be a Golden Eagle, so took a few photos. When I looked at them, I realized that it was a condor.
This photo isn't very good shot, but but you can see most of the distinct condor markings (I can't make out a tag or radio). It is the first time that I have spotted a Condor within a mile of Point Lobos.
California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) became extinct in Mexico in 1939 and in 2002 a reintroduction program began to bring them back thanks to a joint program between the US and Mexican governments. The San Diego Zoo has been working closely with SEMARNAT in breeding and reintroducing the species into its natural habitat. The species is protected by both US and Mexican legislation and international agreements.
During a visit to the California condor sanctuary we observed a couple California condors flying close overhead.
The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured) but has been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genus...