California Condor vs. Common Raven

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This Valentine’s Day, we had a wonderful time searching for Condors at Pinnacles National Park.  Although the day started slow, we ended up with absolutely amazing views of Condors throughout the day.  We saw at least 8 individuals and some really cool interactions between one two-year old bird and a playful Common Raven.

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After preening for a while, a Common Raven flew up to this Condor’s pillar…

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…and tried to pull a feather out of his wing!

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After chasing the Raven off, the Condor returned to scratching his head…

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Until his new “friend” showed up again.

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Which was not exactly appreciated by our Condor.

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Finally, the Condor got a little tired of the mischievous Raven trying to steal his feathers and soared off into the blue skies.

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2 thoughts on “California Condor vs. Common Raven

  1. where on earth are you photographing from. I have gone time and time and time again and am beginning to think these Condors I so love are actually just a myth! People tell me to stay near the high peaks and Ive dragged myself all through Pinnacles…. is this a restricted location or something… Im getting pretty bummed out after trying for so long. Please let me know! And gorgeous pics

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    • Hi Misty,

      We started out at the west entrance (parked at the end of the road at the Chaparral picnic area). We saw 3 condors from a distance above high peaks from the parking lot. We hiked up Juniper Canyon trail and then spent a good couple of hours chasing the flock of 8 Condors on the High Peaks trail. Our best views were from the “steep and narrow” trail that connects the tunnel trail with the bathroom close to Scout Peak. We had a few fly within 30 feet of us!

      Best of luck! I hope you can find them!

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