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California condor        Images © Mark A. Chappell

California condors are extremely impressive birds, especially in flight, but they lose some dignity during courtship and (especially) mating, as seen in some of these images.   These were photographed in Pinnacles National Park in central California.   Wild condors are intensively managed to assist in the ongoing recovery of this endangered species; for that reason almost all carry leg bands, large numbered wing-tags, and radio transmitters.  The mating pair are numbers 700 and 726 (green tags indicate #s 700-799); also seen is #825.   Other photos of this species are here and here.

  • Canon R5; 800 mm lens m some with 1.4X or 2X extender (2022)