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Roadrunner - Geococcyx californicus

Roadrunner - Geococcyx californicus
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-28 5:04
Viewed: 4737
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a large, long-legged member of the Cuckoo family, Cuculidae.

Adults have a bushy crest and long thick dark bills. They have a long dark tail, a dark head and back, and are pale on the front of the neck and on the belly. Although capable of flight, they spend most of their time on the ground. They can run at speeds of 15 miles per hour or more. They nest on a platform of sticks in a cactus or bush.

These birds walk rapidly about, running down prey or occasionally jumping up to catch insects or birds. They mainly eat insects, reptiles, rodents, tarantulas, scorpions and small birds. Their breeding habitat is desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico.

This bird was the model for the Warner Brothers Road Runner cartoons. However, unlike the cartoon, the song of this bird is a dove-like coo.

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I've seen it several times. It is a quite big bird. It is quite unafraid of strangers and curious. It came a lot of times near construction sites in Arizona desest to check out what's going on.

Regards, Petru

Not a bad one Radu, we can see it clearly and get some idea of size with the suroundings TFS

Hi Radu Xplorator ,
I nevr seen this bird.
Very pictorial Photo.
Very perfact DOF.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-28 11:18]

Hello Radu,
Nice Roadrunner! I've seen those around here on back roads, but rare. They are interesting birds.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Radu,
I think you had a lot of luck, he looks a little shy. It's a beautiful bird and you captured it in a nice moment with good sharpness. Thank you very much, we don't have those birds here in Germany - only in Comics ;-) Do you know Roadrunner and coyote? ;-)
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Radu

Very nicely composed. Good light and perfect exposure. There is plenty of detail. Well done on the sharpness. Great work. Thanks.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-28 20:54]

You captured this one perfectly, Radu, long tail and all. Sharp details and very good light. Excellent POV. When I was in the desert, I tried in vain to take a picture of one of those. They move amazingly fast. Their staccato gait gives them a comical appearance. Well done and TFS. : )

"Beep! Beep!"Everytime I look at these really cool looking birds I always wonder how in the hell Warner Bros. came up with their color scheme for the 'roadrunner' cartoon character? Anyway it's a nicely detail photo you captured of this road rocket. Have a Happy New Year Radu! :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-30 12:07]

Very good picture of the fast bird ! Well composed, sharp and clear. Thanks,

Beep Beep !


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