Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Condor and Mountain

California Condors were introduced in the Vermillion Cliffs area in 1996.

Condors used to exist in the wild in the United States, but they became extinct by the 1980s. The last condor seen in Arizona was in 1924.

There was a small breeding program at the Los Angeles Zoo. Initially, the first releases were attempted in California, but they were too close to city living and did not work out. Condors require large areas that are remote and that have mountain ridges or cliffs to allow the condors to fly and soar.

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23 comments:

Hilda said...

Magnificent bird, magnificent landscape!

Rambling Round said...

Wow! Fantastic photo!

PAK said...

Fantastic bird!
I thnik I saw a condor once. In ZOO :)

B SQUARED said...

I have only seen a Condor once. A magnificent sight. Let's hope they adapt successfully.

brattcat said...

Fabulous capture of bird, land and sky.

Thérèse said...

Wow, I had no clue! I am only hoping he will be able to stay and reproduce in the Cliffs.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful capture. I love birds and I'm so glad they were able to re-introduce this one back into the wild.

Sharon said...

Beautiful shot Julie!! I tried to capture a hawk this weekend down at the Rio Salado Park. I could catch the bird, but not an intersting background like you have here.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a great photo. How did you get the bird to pose for you like that?

I hope it did not take too long waiting to catch a condor in the right spot with the sky and mountains in the back ground, and to be able to focus on the moving bird.

Lois said...

That is a perfect shot Julie!

glenda said...

Beautiful photo and hopeful information.

Don and Krise said...

That is one big bird. The shot is beautiful Julie. How could you lose with a backdrop like that?

Gaelyn said...

Julie, this is an awesome capture and sighting. Is it near the release site?

Now we have 67 released and 8 wild born from Arizona, more in California. They are magnificent.

Jarart said...

Wow, a rare and exotic capture!

Cezar and Léia said...

This picture is outstanding dear Julie! What a great capture!
Léia :)

Marie-Noyale said...

This is a contrast theme again!!!
Impressive size of "El condor pasa"!!

Per Stromsjo said...

No condors around here but I've seen a couple of Golden Eagles in Lapland. Quite majestic fellows as well.

Great shot!

Jacob said...

Amazing shot...the perspective makes it look like the condor is larger than the mountain! Beautiful colors, too!

robert said...

'Still willing to give me small finger for being able to fly.'

What a wonderful place it must be were you live. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photography.

~Cheryl said...

Very regal looking, out there soaring so high! Nice!

Virginia said...

Gorgeous photo of this magnificent bird!!!!
V

Kathleen said...

Wonderful photo!

Kcalpesh said...

Fabulous shot and nice information you've shared in the post. I really liked reading about condors!

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