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Oops, not a California condor

silar31 says:

Lovely shot Euphro, well spotted! Gymnogyps californianus isn't easy to find, you are the envy of many birders with this shot. They are still a very endangered species.

27th Aug 2007, 02:30

silar31 says:

Mandy, yes, they can have - their head color changes based on mood. Yes, they blush :) Hard to reckon the scale in your pic, but if the bird seemed awfully damned huge, and you were near a reintroduction site in CA, it was most likely a condor. See here for a map showing their extremely small range.

27th Aug 2007, 03:34

EverydayGirl says:

Now that I've looked around, it seems likely that it was one. They were gi-normous. I'm going to go back on Monday - with a fully charged camera battery... And my tripod.

27th Aug 2007, 03:39

Euphro says:

Wow, thanks for the info. I'm definitely within the area of their reintroduced range (in Santa Barbara). This was along the coast near UCSB. It was huge. It's the rarest bird I've ever seen :) (The second rarest is the yellow-eyed penguin).

27th Aug 2007, 06:45

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27th Aug 2007, 07:46

steve says:

Sorry to disappoint you, but that's a turkey vulture; they're extremely common in CA. Adult condors have white underwings; juveniles may not, but the flight feathers are darker; the turkey vulture has very distinct flight feathers, lighter than the feathers on the rest of the wing. If you want to see a condor near Santa Barbara, get up into the hills; I saw one briefly in '97 while hiking.

31st Jan 2009, 17:55

Euphro says:

Thanks for the correction :) I just got carried away and obviously didn't look at the right pictures when I was trying to make an identification.

3rd Feb 2009, 14:04

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