For this post I present 10 photographs of California condors published over the last quarter century in a diverse array of magazines. By chance, this group of photos includes several of young, immature condors.
The photographs below are in chronological order and followed by their bibliographic details.
The caption of this 1st photo is “Nesting season in the Transverse Range, Ventura County, 1984.” This is one of my favorite California condor photographs:
Photographer: Tupper Ansel Blake. Source: Emory, Jerry. El condor llegó – an episode toward recovery? Pacific Discovery. Spring 1989.
Here is a recently-hatched chick and its puppet “mother”:
Photographer: Ron Garrison. Source: Behler, D. California condors hatching. Animal Kingdom. July-August 1989.
A young condor with wings wide, facing the sun:
Photographer: Uncredited. Source: Sespe. Sunset. April 1990.
A smiling (?) condor:
Photographer: Ron Austing. Source: Willwerth, James. Can they go home again? Time. 27 January 1992.
Because the hundreds digit is indicated by the tag color, this black and white photo cannot tell us which condor this is:
Photographer: Michael Wallace. Source: Chesher, Greer. Up in the sky! Cañon Journal. Fall-Winter 1996.
The caption for this next photo is “The condors test their wings above House Rock Valley with the Kaibab Plateau rising in the distance”. This is a detail from a larger image:
Photographer: Marty Cordano. Source: Heffernon, Rick. Return of the condor. Arizona Highways. September 1997.
Another young condor:
Photographer: Steve Kimple. Source: Schneck, Marcus. A step back from the edge. Hawk Mountain News. Fall 1999.
I experience this next photo as vertigo inducing:
Photographer: Uncredited. Source: Dickinson, Rachel. Condorland? Wildlife Conservation. September-October 2006.
A young condor making a spectacular landing:
Photographer: Chris Parish. Source: Muller, Seth. The wind and the wings. Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine. September 2011.
And this young condor commands a spectacular view:
Photographer: Angela Woodside. Source: Posada, Brenda. Scanning the horizon. Zoo View. Fall 2017.
There is no shortage of California photographs on this blog. For more, click the PHOTOGRAPHY button under POST TOPICS (somewhere on this screen – it depends on your device).