Given the vacation described in the previous entry, we shot probably 1/2 hour of raw footage of California Condors, sitting on the guard rail next to us, collecting into a "gang" to look quizzically at the visitors who stopped to look quizzically at them, and some great shots of them flying overhead. This was one of the most delightful and amazing encounters of big birds we've ever had. So, it caused me to write a little pan-flute tune to use as "movie background music", called "Andes Off!"... and I've been working tirelessly for several weeks to trim the footage down to a 10-minute flight with these great creatures.
After fighting with the special YouTube uploader on Windows, I finally gave up and used a lower-quality movie format to get the size down so I could upload it from a Mac (which worked fine.) So, the quality on YouTube isn't as clean as I would like, but I think you'll get a good feel for the breathtaking experience we had up by Big Sur. I hope you enjoy the video. Be sure to leave a comment over at the YouTube video page, or here on the blog and tell me what you think... about condors, re-introduction efforts, the music, the video, etc. I am putting together the raw footage to send off to the biologists up at Ventana Wildlife Society, and possibly to the San Diego Zoo too (if they respond to my e-mail). :-)
(Updated to NEW version of the video 11/2009)