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Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner
Photo Information
Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-31 18:25
Viewed: 2442
Points: 8
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I was always delighted by Walt Disney coyote and roadrunner cartoons. I saw for the first time in real life this roadrunner in my trip to California and I realized how well the cartoons is depicting the behavior of it.
The Greater Roadrunner is a signature bird of the desert Southwest. During the 20th century, its range expanded all the way to southern Missouri and western Louisiana. A ground-dwelling cuckoo, it feeds on snakes, scorpions, and any other small animal it can catch and subdue.
Adult Description
•Large chicken-like bird.
•Long tail.
•Short shaggy crest.
•The Greater Roadrunner can reach running speeds of 30 km/hr (18.6 mi/hr). It holds its head and tail flat and parallel to the ground when running at its top speed.
•To warm up after a cold desert night, a roadrunner will turn its back to the sun, fluff its back feathers, and expose skin along its back. This skin is black in order to absorb more solar energy.
•The Greater Roadrunner eats many venomous prey items, including scorpions, spiders, and rattlesnakes. Two birds may cooperate to kill a large snake.
•The Greater Roadrunner is an opportunistic forager. It frequently captures small birds at bird feeders and nest boxes. One was observed to leap up from hiding in a dry riverbed and knock down a low-flying White-throated Swift.
•The desert-dwelling roadrunner uses salt glands in front of its eyes to excrete excess salt from its blood. Such glands are common in ocean-going birds that can drink seawater. The roadrunner is able to get along without drinking water if it eats food with high enough water content, but it will drink readily if water is available.

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Great SHOT, just look at the plumage and detail not to mention the constriction of his pupil even caught, such concentration! Well done! First time seeing one in the wild like this on Trek! GREAT JOB!


The roadrunner is one of the most diffficult birds to photograph! Excellent capture with great foreground focus and good bokeh. The BG is a bit noisy, but that is likely because of extensive cropping to enlarge subject. This appears to be a juvenile bird ... maybe why you were fortunate to capture him. Keep that long lens going. TFS


Hello Peter,
Magnificent bird, perfect sharpness and great colors.

Hi Peter
surely not easy to get that one! Despite the camouflage the bird stands out well with the nice bg.

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