California Condors
(a.k.a. Numbers 3, 22 and 5)


August 26, 2008  /  Big Sur, California


I saw these rare California Condors in the cliffs alongside Highway One, north of Andrew Molera State Park, about a month after the wildfires.  They were tagged, I believe, by the captive breeding program people.

The California Condor is the largest flying bird in North America with a wingspan of over 9  feet.  Their average life span in the wild is 60 years.  There are only 200-300 California Condors alive today, including those flying free and in captive breeding programs.  Lead poisoning from lead bullets is killing many of them.  Please support the movement to ban lead bullets:
Audubon California - Bill to Protect Condors from Lead Ammunition Lands on Governor's Desk
The HSUS (Humane Society) Calls for Nationwide Ban on Lead Shot after Endangered Condor Poisonings

For more information, see:            California Condor Conservation



After having lunch,  Number 3, Mom we presume,
flies up to the cliffs above the beach to digest for a while.
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She's so graceful
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I've been told that the lump in her neck is her partially digested lunch
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She invites Number 22, Dad we presume, up to digest with her
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Number 5, Junior, joins them for a little family digestion (on the far right)
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He's a little sassy
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Note Junior's blue stockings
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Mom and Dad ignore him and he starts to wonder if maybe blue stockings are not cool
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Sticking his tongue out is evidentally Dad's "mature" way of dealing with situations
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