Photo of the Week: California Condor

11/3/2014 | 0

California Condor ©2014 Ron Mattson

California Condor ©2014 Ron Mattson

In 2013, readers of this magazine voted the endangered California Condor the most-wanted bird in the United States and Canada. In our roundup of the top 10 most-wanted species, we reported 10 things you might not know about the condor and offered tips on how to add it to your life list.

Ron Mattson found this young condor in mid-October at Horseshoe Bend, a picturesque horseshoe-shaped bend in the Colorado River located in northern Arizona. Horseshoe Bend is part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; it lies east of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, a condor release site, and is about a 2.5-hour drive from the Grand Canyon, where condors can also be seen.

Mattson didn’t see any adult condors in the area. The young bird was “hanging out for quite some time giving the tourists a show,” he says. He used a Canon 70D.


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