While my wife and I were travelling back down the coast of California (near Big Sur) from a vacation around New Years, we stopped at a turnout over a cliff, and took a bunch of video of at least 15 California Condors, flying and hanging out on the guard rail, not 15 feet from us! These amazing birds, once almost extinct in the wild, are now being re-introduced on the west coast. When full-grown, they can have a 10-foot wingspan, the largest land-birds in North America. I have about 15 minutes of amazing video of them in flight, or sunning themselves in the trees, or ambling around looking at the growing crowd of people, who are stopping to look at them in return. I am hoping that despite their apparent lack of fear of people, they remain safe.
Due to lots of interest, I have edited down the condor video and have posted it on YouTube for all to see, go here to watch and read a little write-up of the trip (http://schwansongs.blogspot.com/2008/01/condors-in-flight-video.html)
As part of the ending credits, I needed a quickie “Condor” theme, so I whipped this up. It is supposed to evoke Peruvian/Bolivian style folk music.
** Updated Nov. 2009 - I have re-edited the video and added more information, updated the music, added a zoom-in map, etc.