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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: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!!, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount., CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3-, Bayram's Favorites-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-20 7:34
Viewed: 4299
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at nine in the morning when the temperature was 35F. That is cold for Tucson where the people and birds are more accustomed to 100+ than they are to weather close to the freezing point.

Greater Roadrunner

The legendary roadrunner is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes and its preference for scooting across the American deserts, as popularized in Warner Bros. cartoons.

The roadrunner is a large, black-and-white, mottled ground bird with a distinctive head crest. It has strong feet, a long, white-tipped tail and an oversized 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 (Cuculidae), characterized by feet with 2 forward toes and 2 behind.

When the roadrunner senses danger or is traveling downhill, it flies, revealing short, rounded wings with a white crescent. But it cannot keep its large body airborne for more than a few seconds, and so prefers walking or running (up to 17 miles per hour) usually with a clownish gait.

The roadrunner feeds almost exclusively on other animals, including insects, scorpions, lizards, snakes, rodents and other birds. Up to 10 % of its winter diet may consist of plant material due to the scarcity of desert animals at that time of the year.

Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador's cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.

It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests.

A roadrunner life does have its dangers. Roadrunners are occasionally preyed upon by hawks, house cats, raccoons, rat snakes, bullsnakes, skunks, and, coyotes eat nestlings and eggs. During the winter months, many succumb to freezing, icy weather.


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Hello Jane,
Amazing pose of the bird with excellent details of the fluffy plumage. Well timed shot. TFS.

Hi Jane,
this is a very good picture of a beautiful bird, razors harp with very fine details. The eye standout well.
I like the pose of the fluffy bird.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-20 7:48]

Hello Jane,
This is gorgeous - I never thought 'your' birds had to experience the cold. Anyway this Roadrunner seems to have a very cosy feather coat! Brilliant capture, well-timed and the light is beautiful. Excellent sharpness, lovely colours and a fine background too. Great work!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Jane !
What a wonderful picture of this fluffy bird - poor one, must be so cold, but look fantastic on the picture ! :-) Excellent sharpness and details, fine natural colors, wonderful composition and POV, and a beautiful blurred BG to make your bird stand out nicely. Very well done !

Hello Jane,
Wonderful capture, great expression, he looks surprised by the cold! excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors and superb details and clarity.

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2008-12-20 8:25]

Hi Jane,
very nice picture of a beautiful bird,great work

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-20 8:26]

Hello Jane
Lovely composition of this Roadrunner with sharp detail and wonderful color tones.Wonderful composition and POV.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-20 8:35]

Hello Jane, What a lovely shot of a roadrounner with nice details, sharpness and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-20 8:54]

Hello Jane,
An amazing pose and sharp details in this photo. The eye is so fantastic! Splendid clear colours against a wonderful contrasting BG. Perfect POV. And this all on your garden wall.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-20 8:55]

merhaba jane
good capture of this cute bird
i like pose, POV, sharpness and details

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-20 9:08]

Hi Jane,
Very nice capture of this fluffy bird.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,BG,sharpness and pose of bird are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Jane,
Funny fellow. Good focus and a well done blurred background through these pastel colors.

Hello Jane, a lovely pose and of course i loved this beauty. Great shot! TFS and regards,

Hello jane superb shot. Plummages seems so cute. TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-20 10:08]
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This is priceless Jane!
Superb capture of a Roadrunner having a fluff up to beat the cold morning air. The POV, composition, sharpness, BG and lighting are all perfect. This is definitely a favorite!
Thanks and best wishes,

Ciao Jane, amazing pose for this beautiful roadrunner with splendid fluffy plumage, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-20 10:46]

Hi Jane. What a fantastic pose from the Roadrunner. Not sure if i would have know what it was. It was waiting for the warm sun . You were able to captute fine detail and bright colours. Good contact with the eye. well done TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-20 10:53]

Hi Jane
very nice capture, I like it very much, natural colors and perfect focus. good job.
Best regards.
Razvan Zinica

Ahhhh.... what a lovely and chunky beauty:) my dear Sister,
The backlight create a fantastic illumination around this beauty. OFF BG also superb that makes a wonderful contrast.
Great shot in all around My dear Sis Jane!
Perfect one!
Have a nice weekend! Take care!


Hi Jane,
Poor Roadrunner, it really looks cold. Excellent pose, composition, lighting; sharp fine details.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-20 13:07]
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Hi Jame

LOL he looks great all fluffed up. I think this is your best Roadrunner picture with beautiful sharp details, great pose, lovely lighting and a great background. Superb!



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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-12-20 17:50]

Hi Jane
Fantastic shot,pose with wonderful color and crisp clear detail.
Well done one of your best shots
tfs jon

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-20 18:40]

Hello My Friend,
Sorry you are having some cold air slipping your way too. This image is priceless though this roadrunner is sure fluffed up poor thing. Your focus is spot on my dear and exposure is great. Thanks for sharing this beauty.


It sure must have been a cold day for this bird to fluff its plumage like that. That's an excellent capture. Great details, POV, lighting and composition. TFS.

Best Regards,


hello Jane

what a superb chance you have to see and to photograph
this wonderful birds the Greater Roadrunner,
i think i already wrote you one time, the only time i saw
a Greater Roadrunner it was in the month of may 1988,
i was in California visiting my cousins, we saw it on a road,

this one Jane is one of your best shots, superb timing
from you to shoot it in image at that pose
with the wings, very beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Jane
Roadrunner's great capture with superb focus, timing and eyes contact. also POV and composition very nice. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

I know how he feels. After snowing for several hours we are now getting freezing rain! It is so treacherous. I guess I'll be house bound tomorrow. I 've never seen such a fluffed up roadrunner. It is a really amusing image. Sharpness and exposure are well managed.

Evelynn : )

Excellent Note. Incredible pose of tise very attractive bird

Hello Jane

What a puffed up roadrunner.
The plumage looks wonderful.
You really managed an excellent POV on this one.
Lovely plumage detail and definition.
Terrific focus and sharpness.
I am very impressed with the eye detail.
Great job...I hope it warms up soon for you.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-20 23:01]

Merhaba Jane,
Seyri muhteşem bir kare. Kabarmış tüy ayrıntıları yanında göz-gaga detayları da enfes olmuş. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-20 23:51]

Hi Jane

A wonderful pose - informative and humourous at the same time.


Hi Jane,

what a great picture are this from the roadrunner.
Beautiful colors and razor sharpness as usual by you.
One little point, a pity it seems beneauth by his wings a little overexposed.
I am always honest.
But overall very good picture and I like very much the pose and plumage.


Ciao Jane,
splendido momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione, straordinario e spettacolare arruffamento del piumaggio, ottima definizione e fantastico dettaglio dell'occhio perfettamente a fuoco, bellissimi i colori.

Hello Jane,

Splendid sharp portrait of this roadrunner. Excellent composition with a good pose of the bird and a very good blurry backround. Beautiful natural colours.

I have been through winters on the desert..and I told you of one when it snowed in TUSCON....Lost a tent...1976...
Terrible mess...I see this bird is fluffed up to withstand the cold...nice moment capture...My birds are gone with one lone exception this AM at the feeder which was blowing in windy snow at 3 degrees F! I took video!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-21 13:59]

Hi Jane
fonthastic capture
very very nice image
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-21 15:23]

Hi Jane,
what a brilliant photo of this fluffed up Roadrunner.
Very, very good detail and sharpness.
Superb composition and POV.
Great pose :-)

Very good shot!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-12-21 20:51]

Hello Jane, Good shot and a sharp picture. Superb presentation of the feather and a lovely clarity. Composition is perfect.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-22 5:01]

Hello Jane,
what a spectacular capture.
Great momment.
Have a wonderful day

Hi Jane

Great shot of this roadrunner on your porch. That weather must be great. It gets that cold here in western Sydney in winter, though by nine in teh morning its usually warmed up a bit. Great fluffed up comosition and sharpness.

I hope you and your family have a safe and happy festive season.


HI Jane,
that's the catch of the year, isn't it?
What a cute guy, I love it!
Excellent shot, you put a big smile on my face, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Jane.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-18 5:40]

Hi Jane,
What an image !!
I almost missed this one....this is all about timing and the universe conspired to be present right there , with the camera and capture it for posterity.Superb pose..the details on the plumage is more vivid in this form of capture..every little cell in that body seems to be standing up...Wow..and that eye translates its emotion every bit...very good PoV.
Would love to add this to my "unforgettable theme".
Thanks and cheers

Hi Jane.

I like this one and I noticed birds do this a lot in the morning. The capture is so well timed as the action did not last a long time. Such fine details well executed against the blurry background.

Well done and best regards,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-03-07 3:38]

wow! very intresting image!
nice action and moment captured!

very well done.


this is a very good picture of a beautiful bird,

Hi Jane,
I see many unknown-to-me birds in your portfolio - and this one has been very impressing to me : A great moment caught.
Well done , and an interesting note.
( I was in Tucson in 8/1978).

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