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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:02 PM
Crazy Condor Encounter in the Sierra San Pedro Martir


Taking a day trip from my friends in Puerto Santo Tomas, I rode my motorcycle up into the National Park in the Sierra San Pedro Martir. Coming around a bend in the road, what do I see perched on the "No Molestar A La Condores" sign? Fortunately, I took delivery on a telephoto lens for my camera a few days prior . . . but unnecessary, as the creature allowed me to approach to 15 feet!

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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:12 PM


WOW!! Great looking Bird...:bounce::o
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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:37 PM


Nice!



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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:40 PM


Quote: Originally posted by salttram  
Taking a day trip from my friends in Puerto Santo Tomas, I rode my motorcycle up into the National Park in the Sierra San Pedro Martir. Coming around a bend in the road, what do I see perched on the "No Molestar A La Condores" sign? Fortunately, I took delivery on a telephoto lens for my camera a few days prior . . . but unnecessary, as the creature allowed me to approach to 15 feet!


some of the birds are approachable, as they have found that humans will feed them junk food!

on the main road up to the park there is one corner with a large turnout/old quarry,... the condors often congregate there, and they congregate there more and more, i think because they have attracted tourists that feed them,..
people should not feed these birds, it makes them too tame, and they then approach other people and get harassed or killed,...

you can put up all the signs in the world saying do not feed the condors, do not feed the squirrels, do not feed the gulls, etc...
and still people feed the condors, squirrels and gulls :lol::lol:
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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:51 PM
Researching #98


So far I can't find our tagged #98 friend.

https://blog.condorwatch.org/gallery-of-wing-tags/

What shall we call him/her?

Anyone, anyone...?




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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:54 PM


Wondering what is sticking in its left shoulder. Cactus spine?
Great pics!!




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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 02:58 PM


Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.



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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 03:44 PM


Gawd . . . hard to wrap my mind around feeding condors junk food. At least the road has little traffic . . . but yikes!

Thanks, Howard, for the link! Can't wait to check it out more.

The thing sticking out from its wing is a geolocation transmitter-antenna.

In researching this online, I've found a great article on the condors in Baja, and a meditation on the issues surrounding their preservation:

http://www.humansandnature.org/the-condor-question-revisited

[Edited on 6-22-2017 by salttram]
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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 06:01 PM


If I am that close to scavengers that want just to hang around me, I think I will check my vital signs, and try to figure out far away help is!

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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 06:29 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BornFisher  
Wondering what is sticking in its left shoulder. Cactus spine?
Great pics!!


Looks like a sheave of a new feather....
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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 07:14 PM


Nice. Go Condors!



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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 11:15 AM


My brother and I saw six of them sitting on and around the Armco railing shortly before that sign on the way up the mountain in February.

It was the first time we had ever seen condors. They are big.

They did not seem concerned about our presence. I walked up to within a few feet of them, and they showed no signs of moving. Once back in the car, I reached out with my cellphone to take a pic of one of them sitting on the railing maybe a meter away from my stretched-out arm.

It snowed higher up and the rangers closed the mountain. On the way down, we saw a similar number of condors flying high about the same spot where we had seen the first group. I assume it was the same group, but who knows.

I also saw a bobcat on the way down, perhaps past Meling.

[Edited on 6-23-2017 by BigBearRider]
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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 11:56 AM


Radio antenna at left shoulder position. Probably works for the CIA.
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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 11:57 AM


Nice picture! A handsome guy, or gal?
Back in the 50's Ventura County environmentally minded ranchers decided to declare war on the coyotes so they laced dead cattle with poison and placed them around the mountains. The coyotes are still there but it took a huge toll on the Condor population, contributing greatly to driving them to near extinction.
Same tactic being used by poachers in Africa today to avoid having the vultures give away the location of their dirty work and having the same result in decimating the scavengers needed for the cleanup work they do for the environment.
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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 12:01 PM


...'E's pinin' for the fjiords...



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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 12:25 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
So far I can't find our tagged #98 friend.

https://blog.condorwatch.org/gallery-of-wing-tags/

What shall we call him/her?

Anyone, anyone...?


JULIAN......#98 julian peterson SF 49er outside linebacker!
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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 01:30 PM


Cool! And he can read apperantly.



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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 02:56 PM


OK, It's Julian if its a male and how about Julie if its a female?



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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 03:52 PM


Based on the studbook, this is condor #498, hatched at San Diego Wild Animal Park in 2009 and released in Baja in 2011. He's a mature adult male.

That is indeed the antenna from his left wing radio transmitter sticking out, which local biologists use to keep track of condor movements, survival, and breeding success. His bulging crop suggests he's had a good meal recently. I passed this along to some friends I used to work with in the condor recovery program, they had a good laugh.
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[*] posted on 6-23-2017 at 04:35 PM


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