コンドルのタグ Condor Tags


マウントカーメルジャンクションは大きな鳥の好きな場所らしい。It seems that Mt Carmel Junction is a favorite place for big birds.

白頭鷲やイヌワシを目撃できただけで既に大満足でしたが、それに加えて更に違う鳥を発見した時は、鼓動がドキドキでした。三脚なしで重い望遠を空に向けるのは難しい。それでもキャノンのオートフォーカスが捕らえられた数枚です。 My heart was pounding when I found other large birds besides Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles because I was already so happy with just those eagles. It’s so hard for me to hold my heavy long lens towards the sky and focus on tiny things like grains of sand. But thanks to Canon`s auto-focus system, I could capture a few of them.

ズームインしてみると、カリフォルニアコンドルでした。 The other big birds were California Condors.

T3

飛翔している時のコンドルの特徴の一つは、巨大な翼に比べ、頭が極端に小さいことです。ある程度の距離までくると、翼にタグが付いているのが見えるのも、特徴といえない事もありません。One of the condor’s characteristics when they are flying is that their head is so tiny compared to their wings. Also, you may be able to see tags on their wings when they come close enough. If you are not sure what kind of bird it is and find tags on their wings, that’s probably a condor. From this point of view, I could say that tags are also one of their identifying characteristics.

コンドルは絶滅危惧種なので、殆ど全てにタグが付けられ、成長過程をモニターされています。(どうやってタグが付けられるのかは、別の機会に書きます。) Condors are an endangered species. So all condors are tagged and monitored for their protection. (I will write about how biologists attach tags to them later in a separate entry.)

T8

3羽が交差するように空高く飛んでいました。 Three Condors were flying together high up in the sky.

VH on the left

以下、コンドルのタグ情報です。3羽ともポートランドとアイダホと、遠いところで生まれていますが、1日に300km以上(東京から新潟ぐらいの距離)も飛べることを考えると不思議ではありません。 The chart below shows the condor/tag info. These condors were hatched in Portland and Idaho. Although they are far away for us, it is not so far for them considering that they can fly up to 200 miles a day.

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