The condors are the largest bird in north America. They had been nearly driven to extinction when the last 22 were captured in 1987 and taken to the San Diego Wild Animal Park and Los Angeles Zoo for a captive breeding program. They began to be released back into the wild in 1991. There are now 321 living condors. (Wikipedia)
You can tell a juvenile from a mature condor by the color of its head. The head of a juvenile is grey while a mature condor has a red head.
Pinnacles, Big Sur, Piru, Grand Canyon, Zion and Baja California now have populations of Condors. Information on the Pinnacles population can be found here.
They are very social birds. I can't read the tags on this pair to see if it is the pair that the researchers think may be in a breading mood.
Unfortunately, not all people enjoy the condors. In the last month two have been found shot but alive. Both were taken to the LA Zoo for rehabilitation. More information can be found here.
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