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One Way to Escape a Coyote

One Way to Escape a 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: 2010-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-17 7:46
Viewed: 3499
Points: 44
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You are all familiar with my Roadrunners by now! This is only the third time I have seen one in a tree - they are usually running on the ground. I saw a coyote in the brush and then heard a familiar cluck cluck, looked up and there was the bird with his tail fully extended.

Greater Roadrunner

The roadrunner is about 56 centimetres (22 in) long and weighs about 300 grams (10.5 oz), and is the largest North American cuckoo. The adult has a bushy crest and long thick dark bill. It has a long dark tail, a dark head and back, and is blue on the front of the neck and on the belly. Roadrunners have four toes on each zygodactyl foot; two face forward, and two face backward.

The name roadrunner comes from the bird's habit of racing down roads in front of moving vehicles and then darting to safety in the brush.

This bird walks around rapidly, running down prey or occasionally jumping up to catch insects or birds. It mainly feeds on insects, with the addition of small reptiles (including rattlesnakes up to 60 cm long), rodents and other small mammals,spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, small birds (particularly from feeders and birdhouses) and eggs, and carrion. It kills larger prey with a blow from the beak—hitting the base of the neck of small mammals—or by holding it in the beak and beating it against a rock. Two roadrunners sometimes attack a relatively big snake cooperatively. Fruit and seeds typically constitute about 10% of the diet.

Although capable of flight, it spends most of its time on the ground, and can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h).


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Ciao Jane, but at last Vilcoyote capture Dik dik, lovely roadrunner in nice pose, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Jane
very high to take a good picture
but this one is good to see the details and the naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-17 9:47]

Hi Jane.
What a cute bird you have pictured at a very attractive POV. Branch pattern is so nice and looks naturally too. Details ae perfect and composition is excellent despite the difficult subject :). Tail of the bird is too long but size of camera sensor is too small. My compliments and best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-17 10:49]

Hello Jane,
Although there's some noise in the photo, this is a nice photo in good sharpness and an attractive pose of the Roadrunner. Also nice natural colours.

Hallo Jane,
a very beautiful picture of the Greater Roadrunner taken from a very good POV in an unusual pose on the tree, beautiful natural colour and fine detail on the plumage, well compsoed.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-17 13:07]

Hi Jane,finally you're back whit your special and beautiful point of view...ehehhe...what a perfect focus on the bird and perfect sharpness too,there is jus a bit of noise in the sky but no problem..nobody is perfect..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO.

hi jane,
interestik species,
nice picture.
very good

Good show..I remember back when I said you must have a crick in your neck from looking up, however it is simply you awareness...sharp.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-17 18:43]

Hola Prima.
If he is posed on a top of Accacia, for sure it will be some Coyote not to far from there, or probably a Bobcat.
He looks so fine in that pose.
TFS Prima.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-17 20:46]

Hello Jane,
I see you have captured my buddy the Roadrunner in a tree this time. I suppose he didn't want to be dinner, so he took the high ground. Nice angle and attractive natural colors. He sure looks like his feathers got ruffled up a bit in the ordeal. Great shot!!

Hey Sis!
This is an awesome shot in you trademark style of no-nonsense and the sky as a BG!! But did you end up posting the wrong copy, like I do most times?
'Coz there's a lot of noise in here.... which is so unlike your shots..
Having said that, its still an awesome shot!

Hallo Jaycee
This is one is sitting so prettily among the leaves and branches in the tree. Great timing to capture a great moment, Nicely composed with a great pose and point of view. Nice clear details of the plumage and a great depth of field. Beautiful colours and light too. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-19 12:42]

Hi Jane,
Cute bird ...
Composition, detail and colors are very natural.
Best wishes,

Hello Jane,

good sharp photo with much details.
There a little noise in the bg but it are a good picture withh fine colours.
I don't know they can fly.


hello Jane

one day bobcats, another day coyotes, roadrunners
you are living in the nature photographers paradise !
excellent photo of this roadrunner perched in the tree
i love the expression of his glance, and the colour tones
of the photo, TFS


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-20 12:23]

Hi Jane,
Very beautiful capture of this bird.I liked POV,details and composition a lot.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-20 23:05]

Hello Jane,
Another fine capture of a Roadrunner and it is the first time I have seen one on the top of a tree!
Excellent POV, sharpness, composition and colours against a clear sky.
It looks like he is keeping watch, maybe to attack the cayote if it gets too close. That sharp heavy bill could do some damage!
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-21 5:06]

Hi Jane
Excellent capture ,Amasing different POV.Sharp image with good detail.Your text is excellent I did not know that you could find them on trees.
TFS Michel

Hi Jane
what a lovely shot of beautiful Greater Roadrunner. you greatly captured it on top of tree. focus, POV and BG of blue sky nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-06 12:12]

Hello Jane,
A great view of this wonderful bird up in the tree! It looks nice and fluffy, perhaps it had a mud bath! Great focus and details and lovely light and colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jane.
This is such a nice capture. the plumage is well defined and you have always managed against the spotless blue sky. Thanks for dropping my gallery and I have just made a comeback after almost a year away.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-06 12:22]

Hello Jane.
Fantastic shot with very good detail and lovely colorWonderful pose and composition with nice POV.
Best regards Siggi

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