Posted by: atowhee | March 6, 2016


Here’s email I got from good friend and fellow birder:  “We went to Big Sur for my birthday this week.  While have a massage in the room, the masseuse told us that she saw 3 condors fly by our window.
“She mentioned it after we were finished….otherwise I would have grab[bed] the bins and started following them!  We generally walk to the hot tub which is
about two minutes away near the room after our massages.  So I say to R that we should go to the hot tub and soak for awhile… we are walking there and told her “I wish I could see a condor…..that is my birthday wish” (it has been around 8 yrs since I’ve seen one…I sent you those photos)……so I keep looking up at the sky hoping to spot one……so one minute later as we approach the hot tub…….I can’t believe what I see…..3 condors pecking at the thermostat for the pool….right by the pool…..I whisper to R that I’m going back to grab my camera and try to capture this moment……I looked like Usain Bolt running the 100 mm race at the Olympics going back to the room…..I dash back as fast as I can and started taking some photos… they are pulling the towels from a high stack of towels for the guests!  They were hilarious….as the towel in the middle was being pulled out….they jumped back to avoid having the whole stack fall on them….two of them had tags, while the young one was untagged….their wing span must have been 7 to 8 feet wide [adults are near 9 feet, longest in U.S.  White Pelicans #2]…..incredible! I could have got closer, but I didn’t want them to fly away. so I’m going to send you the pics for your enjoyment…….I mentioned what happened to the staff and there is a website called “” which tells you information about the specific condor……wow, what a birthday gift!”

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  1. Looks like I need to book a massage if I want to add a Condor to my life list

  2. […] A southern California newspaper published a great photo of a pair of California Condors cuddle up next to one another. It was taken by one of the paper’s local readers. Click here and enjoy. Condors can become quite relaxed around humans and much of the wild population was raised in captivity so humans are not feared as they are by most wild bird species. My best-ever condor pics were taken by my friend Gary Joe as he slipped into a resort;s hot tub at B… […]

  3. […] To see the full sequence that led up to this and a description by my awed friend who hurried his cam… […]

  4. […] Click here to see close encounter with towel vandals, three condors at a Big Sue hot tub. […]

  5. […] An arsonist who set a fire in Big Sur that killed a dozen condors…now he goes to prison. Click here.If yiou mhaven’t seen the all-timer best condor blog on this site, click here. One sorts the towels at a Big Sur spa. […]

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