RE: Live Nest Cam near Hopper Mountain. Many thanks to Cornell for helping to develop this Nest Cam. Sadly this nest failed. Approximately 1/3 of wild nests successfully fledge a condor. With the assistance provided by the condor crew the success rate improves to around 60%. We are looking forward to next years efforts and hope for another fascinating nest to watch. We will post the video here when it is available.
2012 Condor Nest Entry – 4 Clips
Biologists dedicated to the recovery of the California condor have observed condor nests from afar for many years. Now, with an innovative set-up, some technical know-how, and a devoted group of people working together, we have a close-up view of the inside of a condor nest. We can share with you a view of a condor chick as it grows from egg to fledgling. The nest is in the cliffs in a canyon near the Hopper Mountain Wildlife Refuge above Fillmore, California.
The parents are condor 247 (dad with the black tag with white numbers) and 79 (mom with the orange tag with black numbers). They will share the nest duties equally incubating the egg and feeding and raising the chick over the next 6 months until the chick fledges. The parents will continue to feed their chick for as much as a year after it begins to fly while it learns how to find food on its own and learns to interact with the rest of the condors.
Here are a few interesting clips of condor 654 as she comes out of her shell and learns how to be a condor. These videos and more can also be found at The Condor Cave Facebook page.
Mom is incubating her egg. Mom and dad will share the incubation duties for approximately 55 days. They alternate, or switch out, often after taking a three day turn in the nest allowing the other parent to fly out and find food.
Dad 247 is tending the nest. You can see a white ball of fluff, that is the newly hatched chick. Mom has been flying outside and waiting her turn in the nest. They switch at the end of the clip as mom comes into the nest. The parents will brood (cover the chick with their wing or body nearly continuously for the first 2 weeks.
The chick flaps its wings, begging for food.
Mom and dad see their reflection in the camera cover, you can see they have eaten recently. The big red part of their crop sticks out when it is full of food.