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Roadrunner Running

Roadrunner Running
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-17 8:53
Viewed: 4221
Points: 22
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With temperatures ranging from 100F to 115F it is just too hot to be outside for very long so pictures have been few and far between. I was walking the dog when we saw this roadrunner chasing a family of quails. The parents and four babies managed to escape into the brush on the other side of the road while the predator eyed my chihuahua.

Greater Roadrunner

The Greater Roadrunner is the most famous bird in the Sonoran Desert and not only due to the cartoon. It is easily recognizable as a large, black-and-white, mottled ground bird with a distinctive head crest. It has strong feet, a long, white-tipped tail and an large bill. It ranges in length from 20 to 24 inches from the tip of its tail to the end of its beak. It is a member of the Cuckoo Family, characterized by feet with 2 forward toes and 2 behind.

The Roadrunner can be mainly be found in the southern portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico (where it is the state bird) and Texas. It inhabits open, flat or rolling desert terrain with scattered cover of dry brush or chaparral. Their diet consists mainly of animals like insects, snails, lizards, scorpions, spiders and also young birds or small mammals. Roadrunners are famous for their ability to catch rattlesnakes. They pick the snakes up by their tails and kill them by slamming the head to the ground. In winter Roadrunners eat more plant material, because animal prey can be hard to find at that time of year.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-17 10:00]

Hello Jane,
Nice to see you posting again, even though it is so hot in Arizona!
The timing is great to capture this Roadrunner in action. He is well seen against the rock BG with fine sharpness and colours. For Europeans such as me it must be great to see this in real life, but most of us are compensated by seeing shots like this!
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-17 10:23]

Hello Jane,
How nice to see a new photo! Please send a bit of sunshine and warmth this way. It's more Autumn than Summer here.
Pleasing photo of this running Roadrunner. Beautiful contrasting colours, taken from a good POV in a nice compsition.

Hello Jane,

thats a long time ago and i am not every day here on TN.
Nice picture taken by you with good of sharpness and pov.
Fine colors.


Halllo Jane,
a surprising capture of the Greater Running in a great action, good sharpness and marvellopus natural colours, excellent point of view and nice close composition
best regards

Ciao Jane great capture of lovely road Runner in great action, , beautiful composition with movie effect, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-17 12:29]

Hello Jane,
Great to see a post from you again. I remember these little predator birds while we were out in Arizona visiting Kelly and Chris. I think everyone we saw had a baby bird or lizard in it's mouth. They sure aren't the timid little birds we saw in the cartoons as a kid. I can see from the shadow that you captured this shot in the mid afternoon when it is the hottest. He looks like he is tired and gasping for air.
Rosie and I just got back from two weeks vacation in Oklahoma, which is where the Kids moved to from Phoenix. It averaged around 105F every day, so I can only imagine the heat you guys must be experiencing in Tucson.

hallo Jane
nice to see a picture from you
nice details ad good sharpness
great shot thanks
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-17 13:46]

Hello Jane.
Nice capture of a Roadrunner.Nice pose and composition. Very sharp feathers. Good detail around the eye. Very good shot.Best regards Siggi

Hi Jane,
I am very pleased to see a post from you again! Hope you're well!
Beautiful bird, as always roadrunners project personality and action in the photos. Good job ... Greetings and hugs!

Are roadrunners chase quails to eat? .. Wow! ... I did not know that!


HI Jane,
very nice and interesting bird. Excellent point of view. Very good and nice background. Nice composition.
Have a nice week,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-17 22:46]

wow. great image of the unique species roadrunner. i am seeing this species for the first time. congrats for sharing. nicely taken.

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