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Beep Beep the Roadrunner

Beep Beep the Roadrunner
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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: 2007-04-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Birds of a Feather [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-21 10:03
Viewed: 2836
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greater Roadrunner
The most famous bird in the Sonoran Desert, without a doubt, the Roadrunner is also the most fictionalized in popular imagination. Cowboys used to tell tall tales about how Roadrunners would seek out rattlesnakes to pick fights, or would find sleeping rattlers and build fences of cactus joints around them. A later generation of Americans grew up thinking that Roadrunners were purple and cried “beep beep” as they sped about.

Even without such stretches or inventions, the real Roadrunner is impressive. Running in the open (and not just on roads), it reaches fifteen miles per hour. It can fly, but usually doesn’t. Often it seems curiously unafraid of humans. Trotting up close to peer at us, raising and lowering its mop of a shaggy crest, flipping its long tail about expressively, it looks undeniably zany. It comes as no surprise to learn that the Roadrunner is a member of the cuckoo family.

Clownlike it may appear to human eyes, but the Roadrunner is a very effective predator. Its speed on foot is not just for show: it captures not only snakes and large insects, but also fast-running lizards, rodents, and various small birds. Gambel’s Quail may pay scant attention to the Roadrunner at most seasons, but they react to it violently when they have small young, and with good reason: given an opportunity, the Roadrunner will streak in to grab a bite-sized baby quail.

Credit for this write-up to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. A must see if you are ever in Tucson!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-21 10:09]

Hi Jane,
A great capture of the roadrunner. Sharp and good exposure job. Well done. Regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-21 10:19]

Hola Jane.- Nice photo, great pose. There is a lot of this roadruner around here, but until now I dont have one of them in my files. Going to try hard to catch one soon. Luis52.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-21 10:28]

good focus nice colors interesting setting--was it in the wild--and nice bird pose with it looking back.

Hi Jane,
So interesting and expressive bird! :)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-21 11:07]

Hi Jane. Have not seen a picture of a roadrunner before. Strange bird.good detail and POV. as you say he has not got much colour.Yet some blue in his tail Great notes. TFs

Hello Jane,
This is such an interesting bird! I love this capture with excellent pose, composition, POV and details. I like its tail and eye :-) Well done and TFS,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-21 11:47]

Hi Jane.
What a charming bird you have captured. Amazing pose, sharpness and details of the bird. Excellent lighting and exposure. You have composed and exposed shot simply perfectly. I also like a very impressive POV and precisely selected DOF. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-21 12:17]

Hi Jane

Great shot of the Road Runner, nice details and a superb pose and POV, nice colours too and it shows how well camouflaged it is with the BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Your note gives interesting information about this quaint bird, Jane.
Very good capture from the rear. Despite the fact that it does not prefer to fly, it has a nice plumage which you have captured quite nicely in this picture.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-04-21 14:10]

Hello Jane,
This is the first time i am seeing a road runner except in Looney Toons. Good shot. Good details and sharpness.Nice pose too.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-04-21 15:12]

Hi Jane, beautiful image of an interesting bird. Well done the exposure and details.
TFS, Dan

hello Jane,
Nice view from behind of this more famous bird in the cartoon that in real life, looks extremely different that we see in TV. I like its camouflage with it environment.
Now I wait your coyote pic...ha, ha.

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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-04-21 16:26]

Hi Jane,

The shot is well exposed, and extremely wlee focused. You got great detail in the feathers.
The composition might be more interesting if you were to leave a little more space on the left side.

TFS, Joel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-21 20:53]

Hi Jane,
Very good capture with a very nice pose, details and colors are great, now when are we getting the shot with Wylie in chase.

Hello Jane, :)

Wow, such a neat bird...I would love to see one of these in real time! Great detail and sharpness on this fellow! Love the POV and eye contact. Very well composed, thank you for sharing!

*making a note here, I misidentified my heron today! Go figure :| It's a Green Heron, not Blue! Sorry!*


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-21 22:34]
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Hello Jane

A good close up shot of this roadrunner.Hey I thought they said "beep beep",you have set me straight.lol Very good pose and eye contact.The plumage shows very well.Excellent POV.Do coyotes prey upon them? That's gotta be true though right.TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-22 6:15]

Hey Jane, another view of my favourite from you, the Roadrunner. Its good to see they take a break now and then to pose for you! Lovely POV and good to see the underside blue feathers. Nice and sharp with good light and colours.

Excellent detailed shot Jane, the POV is good, nice eye contact, very sharp tfs rgds Necip.

Bonjour Jane
C'est une excellente Prise de vue avec ce curieux d'oiseau ! très belle composition et belles couleurs et jolis détails. Merci pour le partage .
bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-22 12:20]

hi jane; excellent capture of this beautiful bird with nice colours and BG. good POV and composition at right time especially eye contact is very well TFS
well done regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-22 12:54]

Hi Jane

A great shot of this 'perky' bird. I have seen them several time but never managed to get close to one.



Hi Jane.
You mean there is no beep beep and no acme boxes all around the birds territory?
This is a nice pose he did for you. Good details, even with the bright lighting.That must have been hard to compensate for.TFS

Hola Jane,
Excelene captura, gran nitidez con mucho detalle, bonita luminosidad. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Jane,
Very nice pose from this roadrunner. You captured with great sharpness and details. POV and composition are great. Very well done and tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-23 11:54]

Hello Jane,
You've really caught this one from a nice angle! Very sharp details and I like the profile against the dark background. The light is excellent too and the depth of focus.
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Lovely detail and composition. Colors and contrast are very nice. Your capture shows how well this bird blends in to it's environment. Very nice, TFS, Mish

Oi Jane.
Bela captura deste Roadrunner, imagem maravilhosa Parabéns .

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