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Roadrunner (For Adanac)

Roadrunner  (For Adanac)
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-06 7:42
Viewed: 4226
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For Rick Price(Adanac) and his dear wife Lucy.
Hope You like it.

The Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a member of the Cuculidae (Cuckoo) family. It is a large, crested bird (20 to 24 inches) that prefers walking or running to flying. It can reach speeds of up to 17 mph.

Its diet consists of snakes (including rattlesnakes), insects and lizards. The nest is a shallow cup of sticks placed in a small tree, bush or cactus. The female lays 2 to 12 white eggs. These are laid over a period of three days to allow the chicks to hatch at different times. The incubation period is from 18 to 20 days. Both parents tend the nest. The first chicks to hatch have a better survival rate than the late comers, which are many times runts. Usually only about 3 or 4 young make it to adulthood. It generally takes 18 days to fledge. Can have from one to two broods per year depending on the location.

This bird's range is throughout the Southwestern states of the U.S. and can be found in the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts. It prefers open, flat, arid desert terrain. It has a soft, dovelike cooing call, notes successively descending.
Roadrunners live to the ripe old age of 7 or 8.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-08-06 8:02]

Hello Luis
Beautiful presentation of that road runner that I only saw once.Good low POV and sharp image.I like your subject pose
TFS Michel

Hello Luis,
Roadrunner on the road.With breaks on his feet.
Nice sharp image.

beep, beep! excellent capture of the nice roadrunner! :-) the low pov along the grass is
terrific as well as the pose of fine bird. well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-08-06 10:06]

hi luis,
very nice picture of this road runner, good compo and lighting too

Curiosa ave que no tenemos aquí Luis !

Un enfoque muy preciso permite admirar sin dificultad los detalles del ave, ojos incluidos, que por cierto, son de un gran tamaño en comparación con su cabeza. Bien encuadrada.
En tu línea de elegancia.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

HI Luis,
Most of the time i have seen road runner on tv in cartoons with my lil daughter. and u showed me the real one. thanks to u. i will show this image to my daughter.(she is just 5 years old and loves road runner show.. ) anyways great capture with natural colours and sharpness. Thanks again.
M. rajan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-06 12:45]

Hello Luis,
This is how I picture this bird - running on the road! A lovely capture with sharp focus on the beautiful eye and I like its pose with the upright tail feathers!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Luis,
Stunningly great capture of a road runner in a fine pose with delightful composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-06 16:36]

Hi Luis ,a curious specie and a curiuos and humorous position..ehehe..very very nice work,excellent sharpness and colors and perfect details too! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-06 17:10]

Hola Primo,

I've never seen a Roadrunner I didn't like - except for one who grabbed a finch and flew away with it. This is a wonderful shot of what looks like a youngster. Perfect pose with the raised tail. Your settings are much prettier than mine - you have grass! Excellent colors, details and composition.


Rick is perhaps one of the best photographers here...I am ALWAYS surprised..and I am also blessed by teh contributions he has made to me and my news site..without him my pages would look very sad...so heads up..I think your tribute is the right one and proper one!

And of course you would not have done it without a great image eh? I am sitting here drinking a chocolate milkshake and wishing I were there learning some technique from a pro like you Luis..and I am not patronizing you..I mean it sincerely! Of course a cerveza would be called for..maybe more than one!


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-08-06 20:12]

Hola Tocayo: Que hermosa toma has logrado de esta rápida avecilla, de mucha calidad y gran técnica...saludos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-06 22:30]

Hola Luis,
Una muy buen toma de este notable pájaro. El POV bajo es excelente y puedo ver los detalles con buena nitidez contra el fondo agradable.
Una muy adecuanda imagine por nuestro amigo Rick y su esposa.
Gracias a compartirla.
Un abrazo fraternal,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-07 8:33]

Hello Luis,
Great photo from this Roadrunner. Excellent sharp focus, natural colours and low POV. Very nice composition.

What a lovely shot, Luis!
I have never seen a roadrunner except in Jane's shots and now this one!

hello Luis
great shot with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Luis
this is a very beautiful shot, have not often see pictures of Roadrunner
you have taken it with very sharp details and lovely colors, nice surroundings and great light
Have a great WE

Hi Luis

I searched for this bird in Arizona, but no luck, maybe next time.
Excellent low-down POV. Excellent sharpness and details. I like the green desert :)


Hola Luis

Estupenda imagen de este pajaro, que nosotros lo conocemos como "Correcaminos", utilizado en unos dibujos animados.
Ave dificil de fotografiar, pero tu con tu arte lo has conseguido y como siempre unas buenas imagenes, tu ya no te permites hacer imagenes medias, siempre buenas.
Haber si consigo copiarte un poco.....

Un saludo Antonio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-09 13:51]

Hola Luis,
Thank you, thank you what an honor to have one of your outstanding images dedicated to me. What an alert and fiesty looking species the Roadrunner is. Outstanding camera work as always. Thank you once again my Friend.

hello Luis

an excellent photo of the Roadrunner with fine POV, DOF
and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
and a beautiful luminosity, TFS


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