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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Condor sighting on the North Rim

A7, a five-year old female California condor has been hanging around near the lodge and visitor center for two days, and draws a little crowd.  Read more.

21 comments:

George said...

Thanks for a very informative article. I liked all the photos you included, especially the ones you got.

alicesg said...

Wow that's a huge one. Fantastic close up view of the birds.

Ruth said...

Very interesting post. It is nice to see that these birds are making a comeback. I didn't know they had such an affinity for people.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How wonderful Gaelyn!! I would be excited too. A beautiful post, thank you.

Arija said...

Such huge majestic birds and so gawky as babies. Wonderful in flight shot.

Jazz said...

Ohhhhhhh beautiful (I have a passion for birds of any sort).

The bigger the crowd the more likely there’s something dead to eat.That sentence had me laughing out loud.

aguthrieimages said...

I have always wanted to see the North Rim thanks for these awesome photos.

Martha Z said...

It's such a thrill to see them in the wild, wouldn't it be nice if someday it was more a common sight?

Titania said...

Many animals had to go this terrible way of eradication. Not a very good record for the two legged, brainy ones. I guess it was also a battle for survival and education on wildlife was NIL. Thankfully many people today help and try to keep the species going. Education about wildlife has started to seep in, that fauna and flora are precious and have to be protected. The Condor is such a majestic bird and one can barely imagine how beautiful it was to see the birds soaring into the blue sky. Thanks for these great pictures and also the information.

Diane C. said...

Fascinating post, A7 is a beauty!

Carolyn said...

Great post and very informative. I was travelling with visitors the other day and we saw an immature eagle in flight and our local host said it was a "turkey vulture". I politely corrected her and said there are no turkey vultures this far north. "oh but there are" was the retort. "I have lived here all my life and see them every day with the eagles"!
Gaelyn thank you for your very informed post!
Smiles

Janie said...

Great shots. It's amazing that these birds are making a comeback.

Jeremy said...

Thats a cool looking bird? Where did you see it on the North Rim?

susieofarabia said...

Wow Gaelyn - that's awesome. Really interesting post and great photos. As far as the babies - I guess, as they say, that's a face only a mother could love!

Lindy MacDuff said...

The condors are one of my favorite things to see at the canyon. This was a great post, very informative.

RuthieJ said...

Oh Gaelyn, that's so cool that you regularly get to see and photograph these awesome birds. Thanks for sharing the information and pictures with us.

Camels & Chocolate said...

Wow. What cool animals!

Kathiesbirds said...

I am so jealous! I need to come see this bird! You are so very fortunate. This is a wonderfully written piece! Are the condors in the canyon year round or do they migrate south like the turkey vultures?

Maalie said...

Brilliant post! I saw some of their cousins, the Andean Condor, when I was in Argentina a couple of years ago.

Quiet Paths said...

Fantastic post; I was glad to read more about the history of the breeding program. What a honor to be able to see this bird! That is some wingspan.

Mike said...

As it happens, I was on the North Rim on May 19, after hiking through the canyon, and saw the condor make a few passes. Fabulous. What a treat. I shot some video of it. Here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/kwwcso

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