For this week’s post, I have only one bird. Yes, all the pics in the gallery today are just this one bird. It is the real roadrunner. There are 2 kinds of roadrunners, the greater roadrunner and the lesser roadrunner. The bird in this week’s gallery is the greater roadrunner.
I can only presume that this is the bird which inspired the creators of the “Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner” cartoons. I am saying this because I was unable to find any evidence. Strangely enough there is detailed information about the origin of Wile E. Coyote, but nothing for Road Runner.
Anyway, one day I was having lunch on my patio, when I spotted a butterfly that I wished to photograph. I saw that he flew to the front of the house, so I went inside and came out through my front door. I didn’t see the butterfly, but I spotted this beautiful roadrunner on the hill slope right across the street.
He just seemed so interesting that I took 60 shots. I picked the best 8 for your pleasure.
Some interesting facts about roadrunners (you can also read this in the captions):
- I observed that roadrunners really like to stay on trails. So, I suspect that’s the reason for their name.
- The greater roadrunner can run up to 26 miles per hour, faster than the average human.
- Coyotes actually do catch and eat this bird in nature. And, although their success rate is not clearly established, I would guess it’s probably much higher than that of poor Wile E. Coyote.
- On the other hand, they can kill and eat rattlesnakes, among other poisonous preys. This one, as you can see here, was particularly interested in a snail. I think he ate it because it’s missing in the following pictures (not shown in this series).
- They eat mostly other animals, insects, frogs and even birds. They will also eat fruit and seeds generally in the winter.
- They are very well adapted for life in deserts and can live up to 7 years.
- Roadrunners can fly in case of threats but it will be limited to short distances. They don’t fly well.
- Roadrunner couples mate for life. They renew their commitment each spring with an elaborate courting ritual.
If you want to know more about this beautiful bird: