A gathering of over 15 California Condors, 10 feet from a growing crowd of awe-struck passers-by... in South Big Sur along the picturesque California Highway 1.

Soon after my wife and I pulled over and set up the video camera, other people began stopping to see these grand birds too. The more people showed up, the more condors flew up to the other side of the guard rail, just as curious as we were. Soon a Ventana Wildlife worker stopped by, gave us some information on the condors (recorded in this video) and then had to shoo the birds off to a safer distance.

Here is a 9 minute segment of footage of these birds close up, people-watching, cuddling with each other, sun-bathing with wings out, and soaring majestically.

I hope you are as entranced as we were!

Video shot and edited by Eduard Schwan
Music: "Andes Off!", written/recorded by Eduard Schwan for this video

copyright 2008, Eduard Schwan, all rights reserved

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