Condors at Navajo Bridge

October 11th, 2020

We departed the Grand Canyon today, intending to head to Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon but with tribal lands closed until January we had to change course. No problem! We’ll save these experiences for later.

Instead, we diverted to Lake Powell where we inquired about camping with a mere three minutes to spare before closing and ended up at a magic little site with an unobstructed view toward the lake.

And before that, on the way here, we stopped at Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River where we were treated to a rare sight.

Can you see them? Two California condors were perched on the supporting structure of the bridge. J, with the sharp eye of a VFX producer who sees every little detail in the frame, spotted the first one (on the right), marked T3. After doing a bit of research, we find she’s about four years old and hatched in Portland, Oregon in 2016. Condors live for up to 60 years and there are only about 500 of them, after being called extinct in 1987 and later reintroduced to the wild.

We watched a second condor come in for a landing on the bridge. They are massive birds — among the largest in the world — and such a treat to see in the wild for the first time. A silver lining to today’s detour!

More tomorrow from Lake Powell,

Photos of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


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