In light of my recent condor sighting I decided to resurrect this photo of my friend, Condor #289. This boy and I have a history of sorts. I've seen him many times and, though his mate is rather shy, he is a pretty bold boy. This photo was taken from less than 10 feet away. He and I hung out for much of an afternoon and I've seen him plenty of times since. I suspect that the pair of condors that circled me on the summit of Topa Topa last week were this mated pair. A truly magnificently ugly animal. Condor Fun Facts: condors have no vocal chords and cannot communicate auditorily, condors cool themselves by urinating on their legs (notice chalky coloring on #289's legs above).
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