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Condors at the Pinnacles

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Condors at the Pinnacles

Postby balzaccom » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:23 pm

I had to be in King City this weekend for work, and took the opportunity to run out to the Pinnacles on Saturday afternoon for a quick visit. We didn't really have time to do much hiking, but the weather was beautiful, and it felt great to just get outside and catch some fresh air.

We found a parking space (only because it was late in the day) and started walking up the trail through Condor Gulch. This trail has some nice views, and we were having great fun.

And then we saw the condors.

The conditions were perfect, with very still air, and enough sunshine to create some nice updrafts for them to ride. We spent about twenty minutes watching them, and then had to get back down the trail to our next event.

According to some of the hikers we met on the trail, some of these birds were perched within about twenty yards of the trail up at the top of the peaks, and people were pretty darn excited about it.

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I don't think there are any in the photo above, but you can click on the link which will take you the rest of the photos, some of which have the birds in view. But you'llyou have to zoom in to the max to see them.

Or you can zoom in on the photo below, taken as one soared over our heads.

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