Condor studbook numbers 340 and 236.
Canon SX50 HS. Wish I had brought the EOS 7D today!
Point is plotted to approximate location of the birds - quite a ways away from where I was standing on the trail to the north.
Condor studbook number 236.
Taken with a Canon SX50 HS.
Condor studbook number 692.
Canon SX50 HS.
Sat down on the ridge in Julia Pfeiffer at the start of the Waters Trail off of the Ewoldsen Trail loop and saw that there were two condors soaring ahead. After a few minutes one flew towards me, passing directly overhead at just 10-20 ft (checking to see if I was carrion?). The flyby was close enough that I clearly heard the woosh. Wing tag was white, possibly number 16 (was struck by the presence of the bird and didn't read carefully). This photo was taken a few minutes after the birds moved on from the area, but shows the location...
Difficult to photograph one without the tag
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...