Recently I had been noticing on various nature programs that sightings of California Condors have been increasing along the California coast on Highway One. Having driven this section of the coast many times and not ever seeing a Condor I was intrigued. There has been a series of storms this fall and winter in Central California, and last Thursday Dec. 30th was a day between storms. So I decided that I would drive down the coast and investigate this possibility of seeing Condors. So I called a friend who I bird with on occasion and we drove down the coast. It was a sunny but very windy day. One of the areas where the Condors had been spotted was Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park. We went there and did not see any Condors so we walked out on the cliffs that overlook the ocean. Here is a shot of the coast looking south.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 01:08 PM
Wow!!! Congrats on finding this great bird!!
I have a favor to ask you - could you please send these guys on down the coast to Orange County? I would be much obliged.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 05:44 PM
Sounds like a good day of birding! Congratulations on the find, and great photos, too!
I had the privilege of spotting a Condor while I was at the Grand Canyon in 2005. Just one. I saw him down in the canyon and watched him as he rode the thermals way up into the sky. I wasn't birding yet, but even then I knew they were endangered and I was seeing something special. One interesting thing I learned on that trip is that Condors almost never flap their wings. They take off, spread their wings, and just soar and ride the air currents.
I'm also very encouraged that you were able to go out and find one. It seems to say that the the Condor's recovery program is having some measure of success. With any luck, we'll be able to see them for years to come.
Here's a photo I got of my Condor down in the Canyon...
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This is one of the release sites in Utah. There were several in the area but this is as close as we could get to them. I wish I could have gotten as close as you did nice pictures.
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 06:32 AM
I too saw 2 or 3 at the Grand Canyon about 3 years ago. Thinking back, that experience kind of started my interest in identifying birds, but which didn't start in earnest until a year ago when I finally got a decent camera.
PS - you should add your CA Condor pics to the birds of NA thread. I got a few, but yours are way better.
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