Tomorrow, for #NationalPublicLandsDay, I’m heading to the Vermillion Cliffs to see the @peregrinefund release three California Condors back into the wild! These birds have come back from extinction in the wild, with only 22 remaining in the 1980’s. All were captured and bred and now there are about 500 Condors soaring the skies with their massive wingspans that can reach up to 10 feet! I’ve posted more facts in my stories as well as the story behind this shot and the two female condors in it. How are you planning to celebrate tomorrow?
Photo from Marble Canyon, part of Grand Canyon and on Navajo, Hopi, Southern Paiute and Ute ancestral lands.
Male P. tecta develop a small tubercle at the end of the thick tail during October, just before the breeding season, and shed it in March. This tubercle may help in probing the females cloacal vent during courtship. During courtship the male swims along the females side and may also circle her. Nesting has been reported in October, December, January and February, and February and March ; eggs were found in January and in March. P. tecta in Bangladesh may oviposit in two separate periods, from the beginning of December to mid-January and from mid-February to the end of March. A nest cavity 14–20 cm deep is usually dug. Clutches contain 3-14 elongated (35-45 x 21–29 mm) eggs. There are reports of clutches with a maximum of 15 ovoid (50-51 x 20–21 mm), white eggs, that tend to become bluish at hatching time. The natural incubation period lasts 70–144 days. Hatchlings have 34.1-35.2 mm carapaces and weigh 7 g; This species is omnivorous, feeding on aquatic plants, like water hyacinths and weeds, and animal prey such as crabs and snails; it also scavenges.