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  1. #91
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    One last shot for the day... This is another shot I took while in San Diego.. at the San Diego Zoo. I know it isn't quite the same as getting a good bird in the wild, but how many times do you see an Andean Condor anyway. I've always been fascinated by Condors. I saw a California Condor once in the wild not far from my school in San Luis Obispo. Unfortunately, it wasn't supposed to be where it was (interacting with people) and it had to be brought back into captivity.

    California Condors are highly endagered. I remember that at one point there weren't any in the wild. They were down to about 60 if I remember right, and they were all brought into captivity to try and save the species. I think they are now over 200, although I'm not sure if that is total, in the wild, etc... They look similar to the Andean Condor below only they have no white coloring.

    I think the Andean Condor is slightly bigger with a wingspan that can exceed 10 ft. The California Condor is always less than 10 ft in wing span.

    Erik
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    Here's the picture of California condor from Great Canyon. It is not really a picture. It was video and I just frozen one frame. It has a bad resolution, but it shows the size of the condor in comparison to a person.
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    California Condors

    Thanks for those shots. The Condor is a large member of the Vulture family. The California Condor has been saved from extinction and here is the population status.

    Population

    1985 9
    1987 27
    1990 40
    1995 103
    2003 217
    2005 256
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOD
    Here's the picture of California condor from Great Canyon. It is not really a picture. It was video and I just frozen one frame. It has a bad resolution, but it shows the size of the condor in comparison to a person.
    Thanks for that picture. In my 3 trips to The Grand Canyon I have never seen one, but there are supposed to be about 50 in the area (Arizona, Utah, and Nevada). So this was truely a lucky sighting, as I think they hang out primarily in the North Canyon up by Vermillion Cliffs.

    I'll have to keep a lookout for them the next time I'm up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm
    Thanks for that picture. In my 3 trips to The Grand Canyon I have never seen one, but there are supposed to be about 50 in the area (Arizona, Utah, and Nevada). So this was truely a lucky sighting, as I think they hang out primarily in the North Canyon up by Vermillion Cliffs.

    I'll have to keep a lookout for them the next time I'm up there.
    We saw many of them, all at the South Rim.
    Mila.
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    Another Osprey shot

    This one I took today. I was approx. 200 ft away. With my new lens. A Bausch and Lomb Criterion 4000 telephoto lens. First shot with it. be gentle. opinons very welcome.
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    Wow! What a wonderful shot. Thank you Bald Eagle.

    Charlie

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    Humming birds are my favorite
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    Funny geese
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    Blue heron
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