Color photos reveal the colorful side – mostly the head and neck – of the California condor.
As color photography and printing became increasingly common in the later 20th century, more people learned that the condor was not just a black and white bird.
Here are 8 examples of color photos from a diverse group of publications, publications that reached a diverse and large audience.
Photographer: Fred Sibley. Source: Harrison, George H. The valley of the condors. National Wildlife. October 1967.
Photographer: Frederick Kent Truslow. Source: L, B. Doom stalks giant bird. National Geographic School Bulletin. 16 February 1970.
Photographer: Frederick K Truslow. Source: Borland, Hal. Take a long, last look at the condor. National Wildlife. April 1974.
Photographer: Tom McHugh. Source: Gwynne, Peter. Lo, the California condor. Newsweek. 26 May 1980.
Photographer: Tom McHugh. Source: Ensley, Philip K. Day of the condor. Living Bird Quarterly. Autumn 1984.
Photographer: J Grantham. Source: Lang, John S. Caged: the last wild condor. U.S. News and World Report. 4 May 1987.
Photographer: V Apanius. Source: Gallagher, Tim. Last chance for the California condor. WildBird. June 1987.
Photographer: H Snyder. Source: Gray, Robert. The last wild condor. Boys’ Life. June 1988.
There are plenty more photos of California condors to be seen on this blog. To start, click on the Photography tag at the upper right part of this page..