Chile - Condors, condors everywhere

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5 years 3 months ago #75461 by nkgray
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Well, after several weeks of birding inactivity I headed out of Santiago this morning, with Gaston and Michel my Chilean birding pals. The object of the exercise was to see if we could see some Andean Condors. I don't think any of us were quite prepared for the spectacle that unfolded.

First a few of the days "also rans".

male Common Diuca Finch


male Long-tailed Meadowlark


Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail




immature Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle


and a different individual in flight - I believe the first to be one of my best bird images yet




We had seen two distant condors quite high up and decided to push on a few kilometres, see whatever else we could and come back and wait to see if any more condors appeared. Another two were seen ducking down behind a hill as we turned and drove back. When we returned to the original spot I certainly wasn't ready for this - this is 16 of 31 condors counted in this whirling stack.



As we watched these a second group appeared above a hill about 300m away.



They then turned and flew in procession straight over our heads, so close we could hear the wingbeats. No sooner had they disappeared than a third group appeared. There had to have been a total of at least 50 condors across the three groups - and there I was thinking that they were not that common!

juvenile condor


Immature condor


adult condors


female condors








male condors






Neil

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5 years 3 months ago #75471 by docandy
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Absolutely stunning! :D What a privilage indeed to see such majestic birds and in wonderful abundance too!

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5 years 3 months ago #75472 by John Young
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Awesome pictures Neil. <!-- s:hypnodisk: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/hypnodisk.gif" alt=":hypnodisk:" title="Hypnotised" /><!-- s:hypnodisk: -->

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5 years 3 months ago #75483 by Doug
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Brilliant!!!


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5 years 3 months ago #75508 by gordon
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Very very nice!!

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Gordon

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5 years 3 months ago #75513 by katemurphy10
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Stunning pics.

My best is the two flying birds stacked one above the other.

Lynette

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