Posts Tagged ‘california’

Capturing a Condor

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Monster Bird vs. Warrior

Monster Bird vs. Warrior

Californiaaaaaa!!! What a trip. Driving up the mountain was long as hell, we just kept going! I believe once we were at the base, we were over 2000 ft above sea level. Along the way the dude from the Condor Sanctuary informed us of the rarity of these Condors along with the fight they had to go through to survive. I mean they were close to extinction, and sanctuaries like this are absolutely essential to keeping these amazing birds alive.

The Condors here flew freely and were not in cages. So we had to set up bait to trap some Condors if we wanted a good look at them. Dragging a stillborn calf at the dead of night while carrying a bag of dead rats isn’t exactly what I had in mind for my evening. But the cover of night was essential so that the birds don’t associate humans to food. They need to keep their wits about them to hunt and not grow reliant on us.

We were very fortunate to get in there with them and see the Condors up close. Studying their physical attributes gave us tons of ideas for what we wanted our Monster Bird to look like. Looking into the eyes of a Condor sent chills down my spine. It was blood red! The bird looked very intimidating, and freaky. The talons were crazy cool! They looked like dinosaur feet! The head was just unreal, it was wrinkly and reddish. Not at all what I think of when I think birds. Just what we needed for our Monster Bird!

Francis

Eagles Attack

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Eagles AttackWhile in California I was extremely lucky to have gotten a chance to meet the amazing Nicky Moss! She was a super cool gal, and taught me the fine art of ‘parawaiting’. It was quite frustrating, because I wanted to get up in the air! Not sit on sand all day. We were losing hope on day two of more ‘parawaiting’ but the gods must have wanted me in the air because the wind started kicking the right direction and off we went!! I was flying tandem with a super cool dude and after a couple false starts and dirt eating we were in the air!

It was AWESOME! Although it was more chill than scary. It only got scary when I was up there long enough to start thinking about the logistics of things. There was literally just two hooks that kept me on the glider. So if those hooks unhinged.. bye, bye. While airborne Nicky started telling me about the attack she experienced in the air from a couple of eagles! It was absolutely INSANE! I don’t know how she kept her wits about her, to be able to get out of that situation. She’s like a real life action hero! Hats off to her!

Francis

Take a look at a quick comic strip I did of it to help us work out how the Monster Bird targeted it’s prey:
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