Working with Sergio Lambertucci from the National University of Comahue, she will be fitting Andean condors
with custom-made data loggers in order to map their flight paths.
The Andean Condor
SSP has provided over 70 condors for release into the wild in Colombia and a few in Venezuela over the past 15 years.
Quite how the Andean Condor
specimen arrived on Tyneside from Chile more than 100 years ago remains a mystery, but crowds flocked to see the ( then live ( largest flying bird in the world after its arrival at the museum in June 1886.
But although their 2008 list features such exotic delights as the Andean condor
and the Choco toucan, it doesn't include the robin or blackbird.
Plus, if you're lucky, it's the perfect place to check out the beautiful Andean Condor
, a truly fabulous but incredibly rare bird with a nine metre wing span.
Four Andean condors
recently returned to South America as part of a successful international collaborative program that reintroduces the endangered Andean condor
to its native home range in Colombia.
All proceeds from the "Challenge" will help expand the Andean Condor
exhibit at the Brandywine Zoo.
Today Tim is partly responsible for the care of 45 birds at the centre, including falcons, owls, eagles and even an Andean condor
which has a wingspan of 10.
Fernando Polanco, executive director of Fundacin Galo Plaza Lasso, the organisation which governs the Condor Project, said: "We believe that commitments such as this one will help the majestic Andean condor
to once again soar the Andean skies of Ecuador in greater numbers.
At the same time, the project will help Colombian biologists restock the dwindling Andean condor
population in their country.
Sixty miles away, an Andean condor
stretches its wings, tests the thermals and settles back into a rocky niche to wait until the sun has warmed the air enough to lift its heavy body.
I clearly remember being awed by amazing footage of Andean condor
, the largest bird of prey in the world, free flying.