At least four seen in flight and perched, high central part of ranch mtns., on tour.
This was one of eight (!) California Condors that were found roosting on the cliffs under the Navajo Bridge and above the Colorado River. This individual (F1) is a seven year old wild male that was born in a nest above Tapeats Creek, AZ.
According to the kind folks at the California Condor Recovery Program, this individual is an adult female that was released at Pinnacles Natl. Monument, but now spends most of her time along the Big Sur coast. She is unusual in that she is part of a trio of condors nesting in the hollow of a large redwood. It is unknown if she is the biological mother, but she has helped incubate the egg and is now helping feed the chick. This is one of the very few instances of a trio of condors working together to raise a chick.
I believe the tag is "42", making this "In-the-Red". He has a very interesting history (see mycondor.org).
! I think. White under wings.
Two CACO in a fir tree.
What a treat!
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...