With its enormous back wings stretching to 3 metres, the Californian Condor is North America’s largest bird.
This bird once dominated the skies of the lower West Coast of the continent, however a steady decline in numbers during the 20th century caused recovery measures to be introduced in order to save them from extinction.
Down to a recorded 22 at one stage, the last free flying birds were taken into captivity in the 1980’s and a breeding program commenced. Between 1988 and 1991 no birds flew free in the wild.
The breeding program has seen the reintroduction of birds to the wild from the early 1990’s. Still critically endangered, birds now number more than 500 and their range includes California, Arizona and Baja California.
The California Condor inhabits rocky regions such as canyons, gorges and mountains. It can soar to 15,000’ and travel 150 miles in a day. Diet is carrion mostly found with their keen eyesight.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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