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California Condor

Posted by Teri Franzen on November 3, 2015 at 9:19 am
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California Condors are on the critically endangered species list and were nearly extinct back in the 80s. Since then, more have been bred in captivity and recently re-introduced into the wild. I had the rare privilege of seeing four of these birds in the wild recently in Arizona. This was the female, perched in the girders under a bridge shortly after sunrise. The sun had been shining on the Condor that was sitting in shadows. We had only planned to stay one day in the Vermilion Cliffs area and had hoped to see these Condors. On the first day they were nowhere to be seen. We decided to stay one more day and in the late afternoon we saw them perched under this bridge. The sky was overcast and it was dark, so we came back the next morning. That morning the sun was shining and the Condors were still around. We watched for over an hour until they eventually flew over to the cliffs. Photographed on Navajo Bridge in Vermilion Cliffs, AZ. October 26, 2015. Canon 1D X using a 500mm IS II lens and 1.4x TC on a tripod.