Andean Condors, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

andean condors
 

One of our "hope to see" birds for the trip was the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus). We saw them several times here in the park. Usually they were gliding close to the ground, evidently using small updrafts to lift them up the valley; only rarely were they higher off the ground. We also once saw them perched on rock ledges across a valley. Using the binoculars we had several good views of them, but were never close enough to get any good photos.

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