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  • August 10, 2013, went to Grand Canyon National Park, last time here, was in August of 1965

    I came this time looking for a unique image, not the same one seen by and shot by thousands of tourists

    every day from the same viewpoint, same camera, same lens, same old, same old.
  • I shot this first canyon view at 1:16 p.m., mid way between Lookout Studio and Hopi House, looking north and east from the south Rim

    with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with an EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM lens; focal length at 28mm, exposure 1/125 sec; f/8; ISO 100

    Same-o-same-o, except there was something perched on the white cliffs just off the lookout trail.

    I thought it was a turkey buzzard, I called the grandkids over to see it
    and changed my shooting angle and focal length to 105 mm
    with a little faster shutter speed of 1/320 sec; aperture set at 6.3, i made the exposure at 1:20 pm
  • To my surprise it was a California Condor, and by now a crowd was gathering,
    shooting it with super telephoto lens’ and cell phone cameras.

    The only thing unique was going to be the process of discovery itself.
    California Condors in the GCNP have ID tags on both their wings.

    I needed one more shot to establish the identity and history of this bird.
    I got the shot, back at my original viewpoint at 1:25 pm
  • Positive identification: As of July 10, 2013 - Southwest Condor Review Team - one of 65 free-flying wild condors in AZ/UT

    Condor F3 • Studbook 453, 6 year old female, bred at Los Angeles Zoo, released in Grand Canyon in 2009

    I wonder how many people noticed, wondered or attempted to learn about the bird, or was it just a simple, point-and-shoot?
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