soaring in Pinnacles National Park
Hand-held shot from afar in a turnout about a mile north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Note leading underwing and back-pointing vee of light feathers.
California Condor - Grand Canyon, Mather Point
Observed many years ago...
At least 3 huge condors observed flying above Highway 1 in Big Sur. My first sighting of these birds in California!
The condor was perched on the railing of Navajo Bridge as I crossed. Photographed the bird after pulling into the visitor center and walking out onto the old bridge. A tag number showed 13. A check with NPS “condor chart” says it was a six-year-old male, hatched at San Diego Wild Animal Park and released here two years later.
9 flying over the refuge from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
#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.
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...