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A plate depicting California Condors in flight from The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors by Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori and Brian L. Sullivan.
Condors are extremely slow moving and steady in flight, soaring in wider circles than other raptors. They soar with a slight dihedral, but sometimes appear flat-winged in light winds, with the wingtips always showing an obviously splayed, “fingered” appearance. Condors are frequently seen in pairs or small groups, often in the company of Turkey Vultures. Condors’ wingbeats are exceedingly slow and heavy, but once airborne they rarely flap.
Almost all Condors have numbered patagial markers that identify them as individuals. Can anyone positively ID the bird shown in flight here with his tags displayed? Leave a comment below with our model’s details.