• Short Summary

    LITTLE IS KNOWN OF THE MIGRATORY HABITS OF THE CONDOR, THE WORLD'S LARGEST FLYING BIRD.?

  • Description

    LITTLE IS KNOWN OF THE MIGRATORY HABITS OF THE CONDOR, THE WORLD'S LARGEST FLYING BIRD. IT IS GENERALLY ASSUMED THAT IT LIVES, BREEDS, AND PROBABLY DIES IN THE ANDES MOUNTAINS OF SOUTH AMERICA. BUT CONDORS ARE FREQUENTLY SIGHTED ON THE SOUTH COAST OF PERU, AND TWO AMERICAN ZOOLOGIST ARE CARRYING OUT EXPERIMENTS TO FIND OUT WHETHER THOSE CONDORS LIVE ON THE COAST OR COMMUTE BETWEEN THE ANDES MOUNTAINS AND THE COAST.

    THE CONDORS ARE SEEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ON THE SOUTH COAST OF PERU, SEARCHING FOR CARRION IN THE BEACHES. IT THE YET KNOWN WHETHER THEY BREED ON THE COAST OR COMMUTE BETWEEN THE COAST AND THE MOUNTAIN, 150 MILES AWAY. YOUNG AS WELL AS ADULT BIRDS ARE SEEN ON THE COAST. THEY RIDE THE AIR CURRENT ALONG THE CLIFF EDGES SEARCHING FOR FOOD.

    EXPERIMENTS TO ESTABLISH WHETHER THE CONDORS LIVE ON THE COAST OR GO BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN ARE CARRIED OUT BY JIM FOWLER AND JAY SCHNELL, TWO AMERICAN ZOOLOGISTS.THE SITE FOR THEIR EXPERIMENTS IS THE PENINSULA OF PARACAS,AND ARID BUT BEAUTIFUL DESERT 200 MILES SOUTH OF LIMA. IT IS RICH IN SEA BIRD LIFE AND SEA MAMMALS. THE SMALL ROCKY ISLANDS OFF THE COAST ARE THE BREEDING GROUNDS FOR THOUSANDS OF SEA LIONS AND SEA BIRDS. THE PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY THE EXPLORERS RESEARCH CORPORATION OF NEW YORK CITY.

    JIM FOWLER IS AN EXPERIENCED TRAPPER OF WILD ANIMALS AND IS A SPECIALIST IN BIRDS OF PREY. HE IS USING ON THIS PROJECT A SIMPLE BOW-NET SPRING TRAP AND A MORE ELABORATE CANNON NET OPERATED BY CARTRIDGES AND A 12-VOLT BATTERY.

    JAY FOWLER SPECIALISES IN THE SCIENTIFIC ASPECTS OF TAGGING AND TRACING OF THE BIRDS AFTER THEY ARE RELEASED WITH A TRANSMITTER ON THEIR BACK.THE TRANSMITTER OPERATES FOR A DISTANCE OF 30 MILES. BUT MUCH DEPENDS ON OBSTACLES FOR UNINTERRUPTED TRANSMISSION.

    TO CATCH A CONDOR THE SCIENTISTS CONSTRUCT A BLIND AT A CHOSEN SITE ON THE BEACH. A BAIT, USUALLY A SEA LION OR A DOLPHIN IS LAID INSIDE THE BLIND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAXDBOFHLHB8A07SCNJ7W95HPA
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXDBOFHLHB8A07SCNJ7W95HPA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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