Note sul Condor, by the Swiss-Italian Franco Beltrametti, was published in 1975 (Caos). The title translates from Italian as Condor Notes. This little book is an amalgamation of material concerned with or apparently inspired by the California condor, which Beltrametti saw while travelling in California in the 1960s.
Birders rely on guides, handbooks, and lists to locate birds and then keep track of the birds they have observed. So these documents provide a record of a bird species’ existence.
In this post, I note a dozen lesser-known guides, handbooks, and lists that include the California condor. Among these are 2 journal articles, 10 books, and 2 different editions of the same author’s work. One of the books is organized around locales rather than species.
So far in this blog, I have been categorizing books focused on the California condor as those that provide details about condors and the condor-human story or those for younger readers.
This post is about a notable book of photographs that falls in a third category.
In 1953, the National Audubon Society published its Research Report No. 4. Titled The California Condor and written by Carl B. Koford, this book was the 1st detailed scientific study of Gymnogyps californianus.
This post is not about the contents of Koford’s report. Rather, I provide selections from published reviews of the report. These reviews make plain the significance of Koford’s research and provide a sense of how experts responded to Koford’s findings.
In between the reviews I show some photographs and diagrams from the report (note the shadows!).
This post shows 10 artworks including the California condor. These range from simple drawings to wonderful paintings.