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Looking for Wile E. Coyote
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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: 2007-08-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 7:47
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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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Hello Jane,
This is such a cute and funny capture! I wish I could see this bird in real someday, they are so special! I like this pose you captured and this expression. Details and exposure are good, well done!

Bip bip,
Hello Jane, very nice shot of this funny bird, very good focus and superb colors,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-18 7:50]

This one's fun, Jane!
Nice capture of a Roadrunner from a frontal POV. I like the pose and lighting and the blurred neutral BG is superb in this excellent composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend,

Hello Jane I just love the expression you got here the road runner from the cartoon :-) I might have cropped slightly from the right. Good dof, harsh light handled quite well lovely shot overall, made me laugh I do miss the old cartoons. TFS rgds Necip.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-18 8:01]

Hi Jane,
You've really caught this one in a funny pose!
I love this bird of which you've taken many excellent shots. Good details, fine colours and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello jane,
how do you get this kind of poses from the birds :-), again a intersting shot with nice pov, good dof, liked the composition,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-18 8:11]

Hi Jane,
a great shot of this bird.
Sharp and detailed.
Well done,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-18 8:11]

Oh my ! This is just too funny!
Great pose, colours, details and perfect moment

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-18 8:44]

Hi Jane.- Funny photo, nice name of it. I have being traing to catch one for a long time, but no luck until now. They are very popular arround here. Luis52.

Great title! Wonderful shot. What an expression!!! TOOO CUTE! Love this one.

Hello Jane,
A funny fellow, well depicted!
I like the composition and the expression that is captured...
The essentials of the bird are well captured, interesting note!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-18 9:13]

Very funny shot, Jane ! Great bird, good technique an well composed. Very well done. Thanks,


Hello Jane,
My first time to look at a Roadrunner from a front post!
They looks real cute and beautiful indeed
good exposure and focus with perfect details
thanks for sharing

Wonderful capture Jane. Who doesn't love a roadrunner? Just looking at his goofy expression makes me feel better. Thanks for sharing him. I love the wacky tail.

Evelynn : )

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-18 10:03]

Ha ha, this is great! This roadrunner looks a bit confused and seems to try to find out what you are doing... ;o)

Really good! Regards/Bengt

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-18 11:28]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi Jane,
I'm sure he found Wile, and now they're running through the dessert together :)
Verry cute image with great expression.
Just love this one.
Excellent captured.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-18 13:05]

Beep!! Beep!!

Love the expression on it's face, priceless...Outstanding color and detail against a fine BG...Very well captured...


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-18 13:13]

Hi Jane,
Just marking this post and will be back with a proper critique later.

The first sense I get is the effect of the wind rustling his feathers and top knot and tail. The second thing is his stark expression. Not some slow-witted thing here, but a character who could vanish in a flash. Well done.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-18 15:22]

Hola Jane,
simpática captura,
detalles y buen encuadre...

Hi Jane,
What a great capture I love this bird, I can't stop to thinking on the carton, Bip Bip..super details, sharp focus and nice colors, well done.
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-18 21:20]

Hello Jane

I was so tempted to post a Coyote today.lol.A wonderful capture of this roadrunner.The look on it's face is fantastic.Very good detail and composition.I really like the bird's little hat like crest."MEEP MEEP"TFS


Hello Jane!

A very nice photo! TFS.

coucou jane
tres rigolo cet oiseau!! parfaites couleurs et la posture est géniale, quand a ton bg il est superbement bien flou, merci a toi du partage

Hi Jane,
Another beautiful capture of this road runner. Its expression is more like the cartoon serial "Road Runner". Very nicely composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-19 8:33]

Hi Jane . What a great looking bird he is. I like the pose you have captured in this one. good detail with nice eye contact. well done TFs.
good notes too
Nick.. have a good week.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-19 9:09]

Hi Jane

These birds are just great. I don't know why but your roadrunner shots always make me smile. Great pose and expression. Excellent POV and DOF



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-19 11:32]

Hi Jane,
Really funny pose and great photo.
TFS, José M.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-08-19 12:01]

Hello Jane,
Great photo with good expression. Beautiful details in the windy feathers. Marvelous colours and good POV and DOF.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-19 13:57]

Hi Jane
Very nice image ,Nice expression the bird look funny.Also nice details in th plumage with nice colors.
TFS Michel

Hi Jane,

Lovely shot of this character. Good light. Well done.


hi Jane, yes this is it. godo work and nice bird. beep, beep

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-21 23:11]

Hi Jane,
Very nice capture, he looks ready to run
great POV and composition..


bonjour jane
bip bip!!!
on le croirait tout droit sorti d'un film sur les dinosaures!
beaucoup de details et la netteté est bonne.
je ne sais pas si cet oiseau se laisse facilement approcher mais il faut qu'il fasse attention au coyote!!

Hola Jane,
Preciosa imagen, bien capturada su expresión, excelente nitidez, la luz y fondo son fantásticos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-25 5:28]

Wow Jane, what a fab character shot of this amazing bird. I love the open beak as if he is speaking to you and pointing at the coyote! It is so sharp with great detail on plumage, great light and colour with perfect dof. I love it.
sorry I haven't been around lately.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-08-25 22:07]

Jane, this is nice indeed.

Excellent pose and blurred bg.

I like your note too.

Hi Jane,

I am back and I discover your wonderfull capture, shrapness, excellent color.

Hi Jane, beutiful roadrunner with splendid focus, great sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-29 4:14]

Hi Jane.
What a funny shot of this "smiling" bird. Its pose is simply amazing. Great POV and composition of the image. You managed to select the DOF precisely. The bird is stand out off BG greatly. My compliments and TFS.

Jane, I'm awfully sorry for remaining frequently absent from TN and missing out on my critiques, especially on the works of friends who write so very kindly on my own pictures.
Your picture of this bird is hilarious, to say the least.
You have captured an extremely funny expression on its face.
It is a sheer delight to look at this picture.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Jane,
I like this front on view of the Roadrunner. A more unique pose than the usual profile scenes. Very nice sharp detail and a well contoled DOF. Soft light,and accurate colors from the spot on exposure. Now where is Wiley Coyote????

:) upon my return

hello Jane

funny bird ,lovely captured in your picutre



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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-10-17 10:27]

Funny, funny and again very funny this shot. I can image the smile you had behind your camera when you were shooting this road runner . Excellent.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-11 11:17]

Hi Jane, I know you posted this a while ago but it is real, he is a ROADRUNNER! I was looking at a picture from Nevada a few minutes ago and wondered if the roadrunner came from Nevada. No, it's in Arizona!

Thank you for posting a photo of the most popular bird on earth. My childhood is all beeped by this one.


It is quite appropriate that this fine capture of a Road Runner is your most popular picture. It is a good picture of an unusual, if not rare, image and everyone has heard of Road Runners.

Hello Jane,
Firstly, thanks for the kind comments on my Chickadee shot. :-)

Very pretty and attractive shot of this Roadrunner you present here.
You've captured the fine pose of this friend, with excellent focusing and details.
Also, wonderful POV and composition here.
Congrats and TFS,
Regards, Kevin

Hi Jane,
The expression here makes this one very special.
And the title is just perfect :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-01-07 18:02]

Bonsoir Jane,

Bravo pour cette superbe prise. La prise de vue est parfaite et l'oiseau est hallucinant.
Merci pour le partage.

Hallo Jane
I know that everybody on Trek Nature posting a new photo would prefer to have the newest to be awarded with a smiley, but I could not resist this "Greater Roadrunner” photo of yours. What an amusing and cute photo to look at. This really made me giggle with enjoyment. It looks as if this roadrunner is hitch-hiking, tail feathers in the air to get somebody's or should I say some fellow bird’s attention. I just like the wide awake eyes. It has such a humorous grin on its face, one cannot help to yet say "How cute”. Thanks for thanks for sharing, as well as the interesting note.
Kind regards

Realmente impresionante Jane, con una buena pose y encuadre de este ave que yo desconocía.
Un abrazo desde España: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Jane,
I can see why this is your highest rated picture, what a classic, stunning detail, great colours, well frmaed and composed, just excellent, beep beep! :) all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-12 2:55]

hi Jane,
this is awesome.. i've always wondered why the cartoon character looked like it does and this one answers that for me. this one looks like a real character. fantastic capture, great POV and pose. nicely lit and good depth to it. thanks for sharing.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-01 16:37]

Hi Jane,
Excellent composition of this beautiful bird with great details, thanks for sharing.

Hello Jane,
What a nice bird TFS, also thanks for your information

Hi Jane

Unbelievable creature! Good capture of action with great details and colours. Just have to see this one alive some day.

Thanks for sharing


Hi Jane,
Very beautiful capture with excellent details. TFS.


Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot! Excellent in all criteria! TFS. Regards,

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-05 10:30]

Hello Jane, Cute and sharp and more to that is funny one. The bird seem to be in angry mood. Great shot. Ganesh smiley tomorrow

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-14 7:56]

Hi Jane,
You caught this funny pose of roadrunner very nice.POV,simple BG,expression on birds face and composition are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Jane.This bird very special to me. Its reminded me cartoons character on TV. Nice to see real one on your photo. Looks fanny to me like cartoon. Thanks to information. Exellent photo.Kinds Regards.Leyla

Dear Jane,
Excellent Road Runner's shot. Bravo zulu & beep beep to you :)
Best wishes-Subhash

Hello Jane,

well spotted road runner, is it another trap to wile.e.coyote? :)

never seen one in reality, thank you for sharing.


A superb image of this animal. Good colours and sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-30 17:58]

Hi Jane,
very special capture of this unique creature. Well composed with excellent use of lighting and the pose is very special.


Oh Lord, I'm still laughing! I'm so glad you've made my day with this terrific photo! I've never seen one in person, but he has this wild look about him that he and I both share - it's the 'what did I do now' look! This is priceless - thank you so much for posting!
Kathy :-)

ps: notes are fabulous too!

Hello Jane
This is nice photo.. great pose..
Thanks for sharing
Best Regards

Wow, this is one goofy bird. Great shot!!

Nice detail and excellent exposure, nice work as usual!


Hi Jane,
Great shot, also reminding me to old cartoons. :) Funny expression on the roadrunner's face, nice composition. Not a technical Odyssey (background's noisy and the colors didn't get enough contrast, meanwhile the bird seems a bit oversharpened), but a pleasant look due to the things mentioned above. Tfs.
Best regards, László


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