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5 Years on TN

5 Years on TN
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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: 2011-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-04 7:12
Viewed: 3389
Points: 42
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My very first post was of a Roadrunner! This one was captured mid-step as he was rushing across my yard, his crest raised, in pursuit of a small sparrow.

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.

From www.desertusa.com

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hello Jane
Congratulation with your 5 years on TN
with a very nice picture of this Roadrunner
great details and nice colours
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-04 7:21]

Congratulations Jane!
On your five years on TN!
This fine capture of Road Runner on the chase is a very nice way to mark the occasion. The details are well shown with excellent sharpness and natural colours from head to tip of tail that nicely fill the image.
I hope you stay on TN for a long time to come!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-04 7:22]

Hello Jane,
What a fantastic photo to celebrate your 5th anniversary on TN.
It was and is always a pleasure to look at your photos and to see your special contribution from a wonderful dry part of the world. Thanks for that. I hope to enjoy your contribution for a long time.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-04 7:23]

Jane you have captured this wonderful, unique bird in a great image. You are one of the people I am so grateful to have met here on TrekNature. Happy 5th Anniversary.
Hugs Rick

Hi Jane,

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary on TN, very nice image of this Roadrunner lovely overall picture, good composition and well done,
Best Regards,


Ciao Jane, congratulations for your 5 year on TN, sure a roadranner from you, is your favorite subject, great capture of this beautiful bird in nice pose, fine details, great natural ambientation, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-04 10:07]

Hi Jane,nothing better to celebrate your 5 years on TN! This is a great capture,not easy talking about the specie,and at the top of quality talking about sharpness,lights and colors.A great gift to all the friends of TN!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Jane,

Very nice picture of this roadrunner. I'd only seen this bird in cartoon. So thanks for sharing.
Well done & TFS.


Hi Jane,
what a nice photo of this bird. Excellent sharpness and nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Bonjour Jane,
Félicitation pour la performance et pour cette belle publication valorisant bien le sujet malgré le mimétisme de son plumage avec l'environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-04 12:05]

Hello Jane,
Congratulations on reaching 5 years on TN! And you celebrate with a capture of one of my favourites - a Roadrunner! Well timed and I love the details and colours of this beautiful bird nicely camouflaged for the stony 'roads'.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jane

Congratulations for your 5th TN anniversary,
excellent close-up photo of i can tell one of
your favorite subjects, fine POV, you shot the
photo at the best moment with the leg movement,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-04 13:16]

Hello Jane.
first, congratulations for 5 years on TN. You celebrate this evenment with a superb photo, this Greater Roadrunner is perfectly captured with great sharpness, colors and composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-04 13:41]

Hello Jane,
Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. You managed to get a great shot of this little predator who seem to eat just about anything it can find. Did the baby sparrow get away or was it the meal of the day?
I must admit they are marked nicely and there coloration is very attractive, but they sure aren't the timid little bird that I watched in cartoons as a youngster.
I remember my first shot of one was when Rosie and I visited you, and it had a baby bird hanging from it's bill at the time.

Hi Jane!
I vividly remember your debut on TN with the picture of a Roadrunner. How time passes! Those were the greatest days for this website and I am left with deep nostalgia for that time.
Anyway, congratulations on completing 5 years and bringing in plenty of sunshine and blue skies of Arizona to TN!
The Roadrunner in your picture looks adorable. The running movement has been well captured in this shot.
Regards and all the best!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-04 18:59]

Congrats Jane!
The road runner is a winner and its very appropriate image on this occasion. Beautiful species and captured on the run, well done, hope to see many more beautiful images. tfs.

Hello Jane. Congratulations for your 5 years in TN.
Interesting scene with very good composition and wonderful colours.

Hallo Jane,
congratulations on your 5th anniversary on TN, a fantastic picture celebrating it, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very well done
best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-05-05 15:56]

Hola Prima.
Congratulations for Your frist 5 Years here in TN cousin, Times fly You know, but we still are here and I like that.
Great photo of this Roadrunner. Meybe this kind of beautiful bird are more friendly in Arizona than in Coahuila. Cant have a good photo like this one for most that I try.
Saludos Jane.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-07 7:05]

Hi, dear Jane.
My heartfelt congratulation on such significant event. You have presented us many wonderful shots, warm words and esthetic impressions. Many thanks for your kindness and skill. You managed to pictures a very speedy bird as I know. Great freezing the scene< wonderful details. Bravo.

hello Jane,

Congratulation with your 5 years on TN.
I think i have this one been missed trough my spring hollyday.
Good pov and sharpness.
You are jus like me, not so much anymore on tn.
I have been to busy.
Fine colors.

And up to the next 5 years my dear friend.


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