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On the Prowl - #400

On the Prowl - #400
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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: 2008-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-28 8:31
Viewed: 2909
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-28 8:37]

Hello Jane,
Great pose of my favorite Greater Roadrunner.
Perfect sharpness, lighting, colour and details of it many thanks for the sharing
Best regards

Thank you for this statuesque pose of the Roadrunner Jane, it looks as if on the start line of a race, an apt posture for this famous cartoon hero and an excellent capture!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-28 8:43]

Hi Jane. I new it was coming soon , so congratulation on 400 postings very well done. You have chosen the best bird for today. I just love the pose in the one. great detail and natural colours. very well done TFS .

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-09-28 8:53]

Hi Jane,

What a wonderfully sharp photo of a roadrunner! Your f4 setting has put everything but your main image out of focus, to bring the roadrunner's features out even more. Great notes you have included. I had no idea that roadrunners could take on rattlesnakes! That would be a sight to see! Your next posting, perhaps? :) TFS.


Hi My Big Sis!
CONGRATULATIONS on 400th posting! Great number! This fine and perfect capture of a roadrunner well fit with this special day! Perfect in all around. Many thanks for your all contributions to us and TN.
Have a great day!

Your L'il Bro

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-28 9:46]

Hello Jane,
Wow, what a pose - it looks almost like a sculpture! I love it!! Brilliant shot with sharp focus on the eye and fine details. I like the framing by the plants too and the light and colours are very nice too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Jane, Congrats on your 400th shot on TN. Thanks for all your contributions to us. I loved this shot od roadrunner. TFS and regards,

Hello Jane
Beep Beep!! I guess Wile E Coyote is just behind him with his Acme catching kit!!
Congratulations on your 400th post and I Thank You for all of them.
You have given the site a unique insight to the nature in your area through your superb posts.
All the The Best

Mr T

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-28 11:06]

Hello Jane,
Congratulations on your 400th post. A celebration with a Roadrunner as a statue in your garden. Very special. Great photo in excellent sharpness, colours and composition.
Up to the 500!

Hi Jane,
Congratulations for the 400th posting. Excellent capture of this Greater Roadrunner. It is a type of bird that is completely missing from the old world. You have good composition, sharp details and nice bright colours.

Hi Sister.
Congatulations and Well done.. Very good picture and well framed. Excellent colors, lights, sharpness and details...I like composition too...Thanks to share.
Kind regards.

Hello Jane

Congratulations on number 400.
This shot is lovely,the flowers add an elegant touch to the capture.
The bird is well captured with excellent plumage and eye detail.
Well done.


Ciao Jane,
congratulazioni per la tua 400th su TN: splendida cattura di uno dei tuoi soggetti preferiti, ottima composizione per la posa e la splendida cornice dei fiori di oleandro,
eccellente la definizione dell'occhio e del piumaggio, molto belli e luminosi i colori.

Hi Jane,
This is this singular and famous bird again :)! You are lucky to have them in your neighborhood; I would love to see one someday. Details are very good and I like the way he is peeping out from behind those violet flowers. The lightning seemed harsh that day and we could notice some OE spots here and there but not on the bird. I don't know how I could have calibrated it another way. Thanks,
PS Your notes are interesting too!

Hello Jane,
a great selection to celebrate and congratulations on your 400th. I am happy to see them. I wish you many hundred posts here. This is great capture for famous Roadrunner. POV and composition great as like focus and eyes contact. flowers nicely framed photograph. Thanks for sharing. have a nice week

Hello Jane.
Congratulations for the 400th posting!
You always presents us beautiful pictures!
This is a interesting picture of a elegant bird!
The colours, lighting and details are very good.
Well done!
Josť Roberto

I can see why someone mark this as a favorite...I think I shall also go clean my drawer out a bit and add it..It is character acting on the part of the bird...He really belongs in movies..or maybe cartoons:-)

hello jane,
congratulations on your 400th post, i am looking forward to another 400 beautiful presentations from you, many thanks for your great contribution here,
tfs & regards

My dear friend,
My heartiest congratulation on your 400th post that sharing with us and many thanks for the past on your wonderful works and see many more when the SX10 is at hand!
Roadrunner always fascinate me when I was a young boy and I only have the chance to see them only from your postings! much appreciated and grateful for the informative notes
take care and regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-28 21:52]

Hi Jane,
This sharp, clear image is a wonderful way the celebrate your 400th posting. What a dedicated and fun member of TN, besides a great friend. This image shows the powerful running legs the roadrunner possesses. Thanks for the first 400 and looking forward to many more Jane.

Hello Jane, superb shot of this cute roadrunner and congratulation your 400th uploading. TFS.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-29 5:00]

Hello Jane, Nice note and a wonderful presentation. Great work here by your camera. Ganesh

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-29 6:18]

Hello Jane, superb capture of a roadrunner to celebrate the 400th posting. Congratulation! and also thanks for all contributions to us. TFS.
Kind regards,


Hi Jane,

The roadrunner runs so into your picture if I good looking.

good composition and beautiful colours.


Hi Jane, congratulations for your splendid 400th post on TN, superb roadrunner in wonderful pose with fine details and excellent sharpness, great composition, very well done, brava, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-29 15:07]

Congratulations on your 400th post!!! :-)))
A superb shot!
The pose is really funny :-)
Great composition.
Excellent DOF.

Well done, Jane!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-29 23:54]

Hi Jane

First - congratulations of your 400th - and what a way to mark it. I love this composition - the Roadrunner appearing from the flowers. Great work.


You're ancient here, Jane!!!!!!!!!
You're the best, sister!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !
May we see thousands more such beautiful shots from you!

Hello Jane,

Congratulation for you 400th post. Excellent composition. Good focus. These birds have a so funny look. Good light and natural colours.

Hi Jane!

I would like to congratulate you for your 400th posting here on TN and thank you for your precious participation and contributions. It's always a pleasure to go through your gallery and to read your notes.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-30 7:48]

Hello Jane,
Like a statue partly hidden by the Oleander bush, you caught this Roadrunner in a fine pose from a fine side POV with excellent sharpness and detail, especially the eye.
This image is a joy to view and thanks for sharing it!

hello Jane

congratulations for your 400th posting in TN

you are celebrating it with the Greater Roadrunner i think
your favorite or one of favorite subjects to shoot in image,
fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness
and details and i love the Roadrunner style pose, TFS


Hi Jane,

Very nice 400th post. I can see thst you are so close to nature. Beautiful image like a statue perched well with good lighting.


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