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Big Birds
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Copyright: Pedro Oliveira (mr_pedro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 406 W: 200 N: 372] (4662)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-16
Categories: Nature, Action
Camera: Olympus D-550
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-09 16:22
Viewed: 2719
Points: 4
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Condor American vulture, found in a high areas of the Andes of South America and in the Rocky Mountains of California. Condors are the largest of the birds of prey, nearly 50 in. in a length and a wingspan of 9 to 10 ft..

Curvaceous they prefer eating carrion, but at times will attack living animals as big as deer. They usually have two eggs in a cliff nest made of twigs; the baby condos will not be able to fly until they are about a year old.

The Andean condor has black plumage with white wing patches and a white neck ruff . The gray colored head and neck are bare; the male species has a comb of wattles.

The rare California condor or California vulture is all black with white wing bands.
source: http://animaltrial.com/condorbird.html
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This one was taken in Peru in the Colca Canyon. To get there was a rough ride of two days through the mountains in a mini bus. We had to go over nearly 5000 m (16400 feet) untill we reached the canyon in the morning at about 9 am. Condors are big beards and to conserve energy they make good use of the rising hot air in the morning to reach a very high altitude where they start to look for dead animals on the ground. A couple of families have their nests near this point and therefore it is a good spot to see the condors in the morning. It is however not a certainty as we have spoken to people that did not see any. We were lucky however and spotted 19. Sometimes it was so crowded that they almost bumbed into eachother. They also came really close as you can see from this picture taken with a compact camera with no powerfull zoom.

Cheers,
Pedro

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Lucky you! A really decisive moment.You did well.
Three is good, any group of three is good. 9/10

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Hi,
Amaizing photo, good shot.
Very sharpe, and the contrast is good to.

Good work.

Well captured Pedro! Amazing shot of a truly magnificent bird. The best I can get so far of a Tasmanian Wedgetail Eagle is a very small dot at the top of a very tall tree. TFS
David
Back tomorrow with the points.

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