California Condor Portrait

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS-1D X
630784/65536 sec. / ISO 320
State/Province/Region
Arizona
Nearest Area
Northern Arizona
Notes

Canon 1DX using a 500mm IS II lens and 1.4x III TC on a Gitzo tripod. Manual exposure program at f/7.1, 1/800 sec at ISO-320.

Description

California Condors are listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered and were nearly extinct by in the 1980s. In the late 1980s the surviving 22 Condors were moved into captivity. Since then, they have been bred in captivity and many have been re-introduced into the wild in the southwestern US. There are now more than 200 wild Condors in North America and they have begun to breed naturally.

In 2015 I had the privilege of seeing four of these large, wild raptors in northern Arizona. This is a female, L3. She was born in captivity in March 2011 and released in September 2012. On this autumn morning we found her perched in the girders under a bridge warming her feathers in the early sunlight. October 26, 2015

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Date Added
March 13, 2017
Date Taken
November 17, 2016