In 1966, wonderful illustrations of California condors by wildlife artist Guy Coheleach appeared in 2 successive issues of Audubon Magazine. Here they are.
Below each image is the original caption.
The first 3 images accompanied “Return of a Condor” by John C. Borneman in the May-June issue.
Hunters found the poisoned condor huddled near a dead coyote and the carcass of a calf baited with strychnine to kill predators.
As National Audubon Society condor warden John Borneman slit the burlap cover, the condor charged out with wings open.
As the freed condor sunned on an oak snag, it cocked its head when another condor, perhaps its mate, flew into view.
The next 3 images accompanied “Those ‘Forty Dirty Birds’” by Brooks Atkinson in the July-August issue.
Living fossils, the California condors are not without friends.
In an artist’s conception of a scene from the Pleistocene three million years ago, an ancestor of the California condor sails close to earth …
The above image is a detail of a larger image.
A condor guards its single egg in a mountain crevice.
Finally, I will note that one of the illustrations above reappeared on the cover of an important report by the National Audubon Society in 1978:
For more of Guy Coheleach’s illustrations of the California condor, see the posts Live trees or dead trees and Premium cards.