Back From the Brink

This is a California Condor. Everyone knows the story about how we (humans) brought them back from the brink of an extinction caused by us (humans), so I won’t belabor the point.

Over the past few years, I’ve photographed a lot of birds but have never gotten a decent image of a Condor in the wild until recently. I only first saw one last year but that one was a long way off and barely visible. They may be coming back but they are still rare and endangered. This time I was lucky enough to encounter an entire “condo” or “scarcity” of them (yes, those are names for a group of Condors!) as they were actively soaring and landing.

What we are looking at here is a bird that is nearly ten feet from wingtip to wingtip. Sure, they have faces that only a mother could love but they are certainly beautiful and graceful when they soar!

All Photographs © 2023 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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