Projects - California Condors

A portrait of a California Condor - traditional palladium print.

California condors are an endangered raptor found in the western United States. The condor nearly faced extinction by the 1980s when the total number of birds dropped to 22. The main cause of their mortality is ingesting lead bullet fragments left in animal carcasses and gut piles by hunters. Through captive breeding programs, the condor population has increased to over 300 in the wild and over 150 in captivity. Through the amazing work of groups like California Fish and Wildlife, Los Angeles Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park, The Peregrine Fund, and many others, the California condor was saved from extinction.

These are traditional darkroom palladium prints which is a printing process that dates back to the middle of the 19th century. The process is considered one of the most archival printing processes known because the platinum/palladium rests directly on the paper surface and not on a gelatin surface as is the case with all other darkroom printing processes. This results in a print that may last for thousands of years. The prints are professionally made and framed in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Each print is available to purchase in a limited edition of only ten prints. They are available as framed as seen or in a custom frame as availability allows. Below each photo you will see the print numbers left for each portrait.

California Condor, Palladium Print

California condor #342 was the second wild-born condor in Arizona after the captive breeding program began in 1983. #342 hatched May 10th, 2004 in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. He is the grandson of AC-9 who was the last wild condor caught for the captive breeding program in 1987.

 

I took this portrait of #342 near the Vermilion Cliffs in March 2017.

 

To purchase, please contact me.
Signed Limited Edition (of ten prints) Framed Price is: Contact Me

Signed Limited Edition (of ten prints) Print Only Price is: Contact Me

Print numbers available: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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California condor #203 was born at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho on April 23rd, 1999. He was released into the wild in 2001. Now days this elusive bird is not commonly seen as he resides in the far western part of the Grand Canyon. Over his life, he's been treated several times for lead poisoning.

 

I took this portrait of #203 in the Vermilion Cliffs on December 15th, 2018.

 

To purchase, please contact me.
Signed Limited Edition (of ten prints) Framed Price is: Contact Me

Signed Limited Edition (of ten prints) Print Only Price is: Contact Me

Print numbers available: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Below are some additional images I've taken while photographing California condors.