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The Andean Condor is the largest flying bird in the Western hemisphere, with a wingspan of 3 m and a weight of 9 – 12 kg. These large wings allow the condors to soar on rising thermals of air when looking for food, and the ruff of white feathers around their neck acts like a scarf to keep them warm when flying at such heights. Like many vultures, Andean condors have featherless heads to prevent parasites latching on from the carcasses they are feeding on. On top of that, males and females look very different. The males have a large, fleshy comb on their head and their eyes are brown whereas female’s eyes are garnet red.

Photo taken at the Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta.

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
75 mm
1/100 at f/5.6
ISO 160

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alberta, alyce, alycetaylor, andean, calgary, canada, comb, condor, featherless, fleshy, male, scarf, taylor, vulture, zoo

I am an amateur photographer living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

I enjoy photographing the wonders of the world around me; whether that means capturing images of animals and wildlife, scenic natural landscapes, or man-made wonders.

I travel all over Canada in pursuit of this passion and my dream is to one day be able to do this full-time.

Thank you for your interest in my work,
Alyce Taylor

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