LIVE WEBCAM - CONDORS IN THE WILD IN BIG SUR
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- Location: Big Sur, California, United States
- Source: www.explore.org
- Info: Live streaming webcam showing Endangered California condors nesting in the wild in Big Sur, California, United States. This California condor nest is located inside a coast redwood snag and is about 5 feet in diameter and 60 feet above the ground. You can read more about the condors and make a donation by visiting Ventana Wildlife Society
More info: Last years condor chick called Iniko hatched on April 25, 2020 and was raised by the two most prominent condors in the Big Sur flock. Late that year, a massive wildfire burned through the Condor's Big Sur Sanctuary on August 20, 2020 and although Iniko and the mother, Redwood Queen #190, survived the fire, Iniko's father, Kingpin #167, did not return. On October 16, an up and coming 6-year-old male condor Ninja #729, decided to move in on Kingpin's territory and bully Iniko, forcing him to leave the nest. Biologists noticed Iniko had a possible leg injury and decided to rescue him on October 19, 2020. Iniko was taken to the Los Angeles Zoo and will be released to the wild this year.
California condors take between six and eight years to reach sexual maturity. A male condor will perform ritualized displays to attract a female. The skin on his head may turn an intense red-pink colour during courtship. Once bonded, condor pairs perform acrobatic flights together. Once the birds mate, they stay together for years if not for life unless one of them perishes or they do not breed successfully. Every two years, the female condor will lay just one egg. If it is removed, she can lay a replacement egg a month later.