Tall Tales From The Field

What do an Elephant Seal, a California Condor and a Zebra have in common? A Zebra?

They were all photographed last week along California’s Central Coast. I was thrilled to see the Condors as they hovered along the steep cliffs just south of Big Sur. The Zebras were grazing at Hearst Ranch near San Simeon and the Elephant Seals were chillin just a bit north of San Simeon.

An elephant seal beaches near San Simeon, CaliforniaThey use the sand as a sun blocker. Looks like an SPF 30

 

An elephant seal beaches near San Simeon, California

Must have a headache.

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

A California Condor flies along the Central California Coastline near Big Sur

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

They have a wingspan up to 10 feet. Average lifespan is 60 years old!

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

Most of these were tagged. This one is number 70. As you probably know, Condors are on the Endangered Species List. There are approximately 425 left in the world although at one time there were only 27.  Conservation efforts by Ventana Wildlife Society  amongst other groups made these images possible. There are 75 along the Big Sur Coastline.

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

 

Zebras graze along the California Coastline near San Simeon

Zebras graze along the California Coastline at Hearst Ranch near Hearst Castle at San Simeon.  You don’t have a real castle if you don’t have a herd of Zebras.

 

Zebras graze along the California Coastline near San Simeon

 

Zebras graze along the California Coastline near San Simeon

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15 responses

  1. The Condors are amazing. I’m surprised there are Zebras in CA. Is that something that Hearst brought in?

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    December 16, 2015 at 11:55 AM

  2. I always considered condors impressive, but sort of ugly… your photos make them look magnificent.

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    December 16, 2015 at 12:21 PM

  3. Great photos, Michael, and what a surprise to have zebras in the mix. Amazing that they are still at Hearst.

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    December 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM

  4. It must have been thrilling to see those condors. Imagine being that close to extinction, then saved from the brink.

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    December 17, 2015 at 5:54 PM

  5. Amy

    Great shots of the Condors. Great effort to bring them back. The elephant seal looks very relaxing. 🙂

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    December 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    • They need to relax because they swim thousands of miles to their feeding grounds off the coast of Alaska

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      December 23, 2015 at 12:02 PM

      • Amy

        They do… Merey Christmas to you!

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        December 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM

  6. That first shot reminds me of me on christmas day, minus the sand lol

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    December 23, 2015 at 1:03 AM

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