Saturday, May 2, 2009

Greater Roadrunner

I’m still posting pictures of the California desert. As I have said before, the desert is full of life, in one week I got enough blog fodder for two months.

Today, I’d like to show you the Greater Roadrunner. There is a Lesser Roadrunner in southern Mexico and northern Central America.

The first two photos are the same bird, one with the crest down and the other with the crest up.
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I found the second one by ear. I heard a low kooo-kooo, and thought it must be an owl but it was late afternoon and too early for owls. I spied him in the top of a tree.
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This one is definately looking for for some love. Yah baby, I've got lizard.

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Kelly said...

Cool that lizard! Strange, but I was just thinking of Roadrunners yesterday and the fact I've never seen one...and need to head west to catch one! Thanks for the post!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is nice to se what they actually look like and find they are not so big afterall. I always have the cartoon on in mind. :)

Dale Forbes said...

well, isn't it obvious? the greater is called as such because it is great. and fabulous roadrunner sounds silly. and the word "resplendent" it best left to truly mind-blowing birds.

Happy birding

madcobug said...

Very good shots. Seems as if they blend in with thier surroundings really well. Pretty smart catching that lizard. Helen

Steve B said...

Hi Helen, I've never seen them hunt so I don't know if they run the lizard down or ambush or ????

Dale, thanks for setting me straight!

Hi Joan, they are about 16" long. They I guess they should have put an emu with While E. Coyote, but "Emu, they coyote is afte you, Emy, if he catches you, you're through" just doesn't sound right.

Kelly, "Go west, young lady, go west." :)

Ginnymo said...

So this is what a real Road runner looks like??!! Ha! Beautiful photos!! Great shot with the lizard!!

KaysWay said...

Hello. Saw a link to your blog on another person's blog and thought I'd come over and take a look. You really have some wonderful photographs. I too love to take pictures, but I'm just an amateur. I'll be back to follow your blog.


Jenny said...

Great photos Steve. Are they quite approachable? I've only ever seen one and that was all too brief. I'll have to come back the west for another go sometime! (-:

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
A very nice set of pictures, which nicely shows us this bird!! Incredible I had never seen any pictures of it, and it remind me of some Warner Bross cartoons ;-)

Steve B said...

Hi Chris, Growing up in New England, I also had no clue of what this bird was all about. Beeep-beep.

They do like their space. The closest I've ever been has been about 30 yards. The locals tell me that they hang out at golf courses. Not being a golfer, I have not first hand data.

Hey Ginnymo, good to see you're face in my comment space again!
Hi Kay, I'm excited that you have found me. Please feel free to stop by any time, the door's always open.

Anonymous said...

So thats what a Roadrunner looks like Steve. One ugly bird. {:)

Andor Marton said...

Hi Steve,
I landed here accidentally but I like what I see. Great series. I never knew that roadrunners eat lizards.

Denise said...

Wow, great captures of this roadrunner. Have enjoyed these photos immensely.

Tabib said...

Now the real bird. Beautiful pics!
I have only seen Road Runner in Merrie Melodies from Warner Brothers.

A New England Life said...

As a child I remember going to California and wanting to see a Roadrunner so badly. I did catch a glimpse and will never forget that. They still hold a fond place in my heart.

I think it's a very handsome bird!

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