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California condor        Images © Mark A. Chappell

I wish I could say these photograph were all of wild condors, but most of the perched birds are captives.   Wild condors (in-flight images) are intensively managed to assist in the ongoing recovery of this endangered species; for that reason all carry leg bands, large numbered wing-tags, and radio transmitters (some of which I edited out).   These (mainly adults) were photographed in a large flight cage at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, along the Big Sur coast, and in Pinnacles National Park, where condors have been re-introduced.   The intensity of head coloration indicates age and sex; old males (like one in some of these images) are quite colorful.   Photos of free-living juvenile condors are here; wild adults are here.

  • Canon 1D3, 1D4, 7D2, or 5D4; 800 mm lens or 100-400 Mk. II zoom, some with fill-in flash (2009, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019)