As newspapers continue to sell off their collections of photographic prints, I have obtained more of these working documents for my collection. This post presents 10 news photos of California condors in chronological order.
Defenders of Wildlife News and its successor magazine, Defenders, reported regularly on the California condor in the decades prior to 1987, when all the condors were taken into captivity. During the 1980s, Defenders included some notable illustrations and photos.
I especially want to show 2 illustrations from this time period. But while I am at it, here also are a fine map and 2 noteworthy photos.
Color photos reveal the colorful side – mostly the head and neck – of the California condor.
The 12 excellent photos in this post show a California condor being a California condor (one of the photos shows a pair of condors). These photos deserve to be seen, not hidden away on bookshelves or in boxes.
Many images of the California condor also show their habitat in the background. We see condors soaring over mountains and the ocean, roosting in trees, and nesting in caves.
Habitat matters to the California condor. As part of his argument against capturing all condors for captive breeding, environmentalist David Brower wrote:
A condor is five per cent feathers, flesh, blood, and bone. All the rest is place.
In this post, I present images of just those places, the habitat, from a variety of sources.
The 8 photos shown in this post offer diverse views of the California condor. These photos are all from books published 2000-2013.
The California condor has appeared on the cover of many magazines in recent decades. In this post I share 10 fine examples.