Thread subject: Condor Hatching
||03/09/12 12:16 pm
||Nice cam at San Diego Zoo and the condor chick has begun pipping the egg.
||03/09/12 01:13 pm
What a great view of the bird too!
||03/10/12 05:34 pm
||Condor chick hatched. The parents are both there and they compete to sit on the chick. I guess that intense interest is what makes good parenting.
This pair have been together for 20 years and hatched 21 chicks. Quite amazing.
||03/11/12 05:14 am
||Vicki - I looked in yesterday. The male was brooding the chick, the female kept nibbling at his feathers which seemed to irritate him. I looked away for a few minutes and when I came back the female was doing the brooding. I guess she annoyed him enough that he got up and let her take over!
||03/11/12 12:59 pm
||I have yet to get a clear sight of the chick. But the blog answered the question "would staff intervene if there was a problem with the chick" and the answer was "yes". These chicks are so valuable that all that can be done will be done to help one survive.
I was thrilled to see one of these birds in the wild at the Grand Canyon. As I watched a large bird I realized that it had the numbered tag on its wing. What an exciting thing to see!
||03/11/12 02:49 pm
||That must have been a fantastic sight to see!
I hadn't realised numbers were so low. At a rate of one chick per pair per year it's going to take a long time, but from the little I've read on that website they're working as hard as they can to increase numbers. Slow but sure has to be good news.
||03/12/12 01:44 am
||Unfortunately they have to periodically recapture the ones they have released in the wild and treat them for lead poisoning. Not all are able to be saved.
They are in a similar position as the Whoopers. Very hard to believe they will really be saved.