This is a picture of a California Condor nesting in a redwood tree in Big Sur. It is the first time such a thing is known to have happened since 1905. The nesting birds were born in captivity and released to the wild in 1997 (the male) and 1999 (the female). There are now 271 condors in the wild, 57 of them in Arizona and the rest (except for these 2) in Central and Southern CA. Several decades ago, all the wild birds were captured in order to protect and breed them, their chicks gradually being reintroduced to the wild (each pair produces only one egg per breeding season). Mature condors are the largest known birds and have a 10-ft wingspan.