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20-DEC-2008 Walter O. Koenig

December 22

The California Condor, one of the rarest bird species in the world.
These large birds with a wing span of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft), were almost extinct due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction.
There were only 22 Condors left in 1987. These were captured and taken to the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, California whre this image was taken.
A conservation project was begun to save the Condors and to increase their numbers through captive breeding.
As of December 2008, there were 327 condors known to be living, including over half of them in the wild.

Read more here The California Condor



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Gerda Kettner19-Jan-2009 01:52
great portrait, I just love them they have such great head colorations, it looks like this is in deep thoughts, great image V
Christine23-Dec-2008 08:01
I saw some in flight when we visited the Grand Canyon - they are truly magnificent creatures!
an nguyen23-Dec-2008 03:20
Really amazing image...
vatorman23-Dec-2008 01:52
A face only a mother could love, but humanity must save. Wonderful shot Walter! "V"
pkocinski23-Dec-2008 01:42
Great bird but ugly looking head :-) Awesome capture.
lou_rozensteins23-Dec-2008 01:04
Excellent portrait with great details, and the information about their come-back from extinction is interesting too. Well done. Voted.
LeeG23-Dec-2008 00:25
Such majestic creatures! These large birds are also making a comeback in the Grand Canyon area of Arizona. Good thing, it would be shameful to lose them forever.
Excellent shot, Walter. ~V
bill friedlander22-Dec-2008 22:22
Fantastic shot Walter. Incredible details. I understand they don't have feathers on their heads so as not to interfere with their feeding habits. V
Brinn MacDougall22-Dec-2008 21:27
Excellent capture of this most important bird..V
marie-jose wolff22-Dec-2008 20:25
superb portrait of this condor! V
Mairéad22-Dec-2008 20:25
Fantastic shot, with great colours and detail. Glad to hear their numbers are on the increase. V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography22-Dec-2008 19:18
Superb, stunning details and colors, Vote.
Gérard Koehl22-Dec-2008 19:02
Joli portrait... V
Fong Lam22-Dec-2008 17:44
Great capture of this rare Condor, hope their numbers will increase. Great details and lighting!! V
globalgadabout22-Dec-2008 16:36
wow...such a great richly-coloured face and spikey feathers...sharp and revealing portrait...V
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