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Copyright: Ray Anderson (windbum) (31)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 20:37
Viewed: 12282
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gymnogypos californians the California Condor, is North America's largest land bird. The average adult wingspan is 9 1/2 feet (over 3 meters).

This guy was posing on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along Big Sur's Highway 1, California. He was not disturbed by my approach with, probably because he was raised in captivity.

The Calif. Condors were almost extinct, and the last known wild one was taken into captivity in 1987 for breeding. An admirable effort to save them from extinction has led to releases into native habitats recently. Hopefully, man will not kill the last of a magnificent species.

The Condor was honored in 2005 by appearing next to John Muir on the California commemorative quarter coin.

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To Evelynn: California Condorswindbum 1 12-02 18:21
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Hi Ray,
this is a photo that can not be ignored,no way and no how!I know this bird species as probably one of this planet's rarest ones, if not the rarest.I think that you are are so very fortunate to have had the chance to have photoed it and seen it with your own eyes.Sure it is not a pretty bird as far as looks are concerned but I do know to see one in flight is one nature's masterworks.The details are very good and so is the colour and the crop gives a very decent view.Thanks for sharing what is so very rare it almost is hard to believe.For all of you here on TN,try and find a creature like this one at least once in your life,good luck if you do as your chances of getting hit by lightning are so very much greater. Bob

Hello Ray,
Excellent shot, very good document. Greetings.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-29 1:10]

Hi Ray
exellent image
lovely composition
very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-29 1:11]

Hello Ray,
Welcome to TN!
You start your jouney on TN with a remarkable shot that deserves more attention.
Not only is this a fine capture of a bird not shown before on TN but of one of the rarest in the world and taken in the wild, even though it has been tamed by human presence. Congratulations on both counts!
The technical features are excellent and we can see details of this rarity with good sharpness.
Well done Ray: I look forward to seeing more from you!

Hi Ray
Welcome on Treknature ;-) Very nice shot. I like OOF background. Sharpness is also very good. Nicely composed and I like the relatively tight crop
Best wishes

great portrait, hope there will be lots of them back in nature, TFS Ori

His belonging look looks good for his freedom only…he is a bird not…a very great picture A very well come to TL, BRAVO RAY.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-29 11:54]

Hello Ray , A Great shot from this condor , goos sharpnes details colours and pose ,Greetings Teunie ,And welcom to tn .

My goodness! I can't believe you got this close to a condor!!!. I hiked up to the high trail at Pinnacles park in central California... twice! just to see them... and no one was home!!! I know they raise condors in captivity but they are pretty careful to use puppets etc so they don't imprint on humans. This is a great shot. This fellow almost looks kind of cute.. and that is saying something for a condor.

Welcome to TN. You are starting off with a bang!

Evelynn : )

Hi Ray,
you start your TN adventure with a great shot.
congrats for a shot of a rare bird it always feels great to find a one. I think this is the first on TN.
Well composed with good sharpness and exposure, the fine details are well seen.
Very nice work.
a belated Welcome to TN.

hello Ray

very good shot
sharp picture and details
greeting lou

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