Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Condor With Tag in the Big Blue Sky

These endangered condors can have a wingspan of up to ten feet. Condors can weigh up to 24 pounds, and they can fly up to 50 mph.

Nesting requires caves in inaccessible cliffs and mountains.

Vermillion Cliffs is a perfect place for the condors and they are thriving once again but are still endangered.

Enlarge the photo and you can see the tag on this condor. This condor is C4. The Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center provides information about the condor and you can follow the tag number on the condor you see to learn more about "your" condor.

13 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Majestic! A very special bird.

Sharon said...

Incredible photo!

Lois said...

That is a gorgeous bird!

Thérèse said...

First time seeing a "tagged condor"!
...Dans un cri rauque il monte où n'atteint pas le vent... poem by Leconte de Lisle
Could be translated by
...in a rasping call, he flies up where the wind can't reach...

Don and Krise said...

Crisp and clear Julie. These big birds are something to watch.

Jarart said...

Amazing shot Julie!! I couldn't believe that the tag number could be visible but enlarged the photo and there it was, sharp and clear!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Very impressive.. I dont think I recall seeing a flying one..

Gaelyn said...

Another great condor capture.
C4 is a 4-year old female.

gogouci said...

Wow, majestic! I dream of seeing one of these guys.

Mo said...

Love to see one up close

pasadenaadjacent said...

I saw my first Condor at Lake Piru on the side of the road eating road kill. It's amazing that in 1978 we were down to 40 birds. They've done remarkably well adapting to Utah and Arizona. Still dicey business trying to survive in California (great breeding program at the LA) zoo hidden from view

JM said...

I've seen condors in Peru, but never this close.

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