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Oct 22, 2013 1:33 PM by Associated Press

New 'condor cam' captures rare giant bird in wild

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills of Big Sur allows the public to view North America's largest birds in the wild from the comfort of home.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the live-streaming camera went live Monday.

It has already captured video of the birds feeding and preening in the wild. There are only 429 of the massive, vulture-like birds alive today.

Kelly Sorenson, executive director of Ventana Wildlife Society, said the camera is aimed at a main feeding area, and allows scientists to zoom in on each bird so they can identify them.

Like the panda-cam at the National Zoo in Washington DC, the condor cam uses cheap video technology to help the public interact with wildlife,.

The camera can be found at www.ventanaws.org.

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