Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vehicular birding

In other words, shooting bird photos from the car!

A couple of killdeer.

A red-shouldered hawk along the roadway (he was pretty dark - I tried to lighten up the images as best as I could).


And a Texas birding roadtrip just wouldn't be complete without a roadrunner...

doing what he does best...

101 comments:

Felicity said...

Fun friends indeed.
Your killdeer look a little like our Plovers - I wonder, do they swoop and have poisonous talons?

This is my first view of a 'real life' Roadrunner btw, thanks for that gift.

Happy weekend.
Waving from across the seas.

Rural Revival said...

A roadrunner!! I've never seen one before...seriously! Except for that annoying one on TV on Sundays as a kid but I don't think he counts does he? I didn't think so. : )

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what lovely birds indeed!

happy weekend!

Samantha said...

As you know, I'm a vehicular birder..loved this post :D
I'm on the list of "never saw a real roadrunner", too!

Giga said...

Udane były Twoje "łowy samochodowe".Ptaki złapałeś i śliczne zdjęcia im zrobiłeś.
PS. Koty z mojego postu, to koty bezdomne. Ludzie je dokarmiają, dlatego one tam są i rozmnażają się.Zagraża to coraz bardziej ptakom. Wg regulaminu ogrodowego nie wolno dokarmiać ich , ale ludzie maja "dobre serca" i robią to. Tylko nie pomyślą, że ptaków będzie w ogródkach coraz mniej.Jak maja dobre serca, to niech zabiorą koty do domu - tak myślę.
Pozdrawiam

Carole M. said...

oh great photo shoot! Amazing birds. The road-runner is kinda funny; made me smile....

Lynne said...

I have never seen a " road runner" in person . . . (at least not in the bird variety, plenty in the "road car" variety!)

I am trying to think of a name for you . . . of course
TexWis would work but . . .
Birder
Bird Woman
Photo Bird
come to mind . . . hmmm, how about giving you the
BFF name (BIRD FRIEND FOREVER)
smile

Kerri said...

Very cool! I LOVE Roadrunners!!

Karen said...

Meep Meep!!...

We don't have roadrunners around here, great shots of hawk!!..

Wout said...

What a beautiful birds are there with you!
Greeting from Spain, Wout

laurak@forestwalkart said...

((hey!! i'm in the top 20!!)) :)

LOVE these bird pictures!! i've never seen a killdeer OR a roadrunner...in person!! (beep beep)

and the red shoulder's a beauty!!!!

Mike said...

I'll bet that roadrunner is surveying for another internet provider. Nice shot of the hawk.

Snapper II said...

I've never seen a Roadrunner, except in cartoons. LOL! That is a wild looking critter.

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Tex I was all about telling you how those killdear just put a smile on my face because I think killdear are just the funniest birds and then I scroll down and see your shots of the behind of that roadrunner and I am laugh crying so hard I can't see to type! That is one funny bird and I think it is sharing one of my bad hair days!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh this reminds me that I used to have a roadrunner here who would show up on my back deck and look in the window. I miss him. I haven't seen one in a long time. They are just such fun!

Larry Ostby said...

Great shots T. The Killdeer are fun to watch, the red-shouldered hawk is terrific and the roadrunner is my favorite. We don't see them around here.

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Lovely birds!
I love roadrunners. There are not a lot of people taking pictures of them. Thanks for sharing :)

Greetings from Switzerland
Yvonne and Raphael

Zondra Art said...

You shoot some great photos! I enjoyed watching them. Great job:) Greetings..

bailey-road.com said...

Using your car as a blind! Great shots of the Kildeer and Hawk and I love the Roadrunner running from you!

Catherine said...

You had a good day of birding! I love the Hawks. They are magnificent aren't they?

xo Catherine

Kathy said...

I think the roadrunner was saying adios!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How cool is that Roadrunner?? Did you race it?? ;-)

dr momi said...

Neat to see the Roadrunner!

Sandra said...

road runners are real??? I thought they were cartoon birds, one of my all time favorite cartoons from the past. he is a cute little guy. do you have a closeup of one from the past? i wanna see one
the hawk looks a mite perturbed in the first shot, either that or he was focused on game on the ground. great automotive shoot out.

georgettesullins said...

Aww...a roadrunner. Hello...goodbye...and off he goes. Thank you for the smile.

Jill said...

This was so fun. I really love seeing the killdeer in so much detail. They are such a fun little bird.

I never saw a roadrunner while living there (or any place else) so that was a bonus.

The hawk..amazing!

Debbie said...

t.....you could do it anywhere!!

i love the hawk....we have one whose been using our pool!!

happy saturday!!

Jan n Jer said...

Wow a real life roadrunner..that is soooooo cool!!!!

Ellie said...

Wow, a road runner never seen a picture of one before - do they really go meep meep? lol. I was looking for the acme truck. I used to love watching the road runner on telly.
Your pictures are really good, the hawk is amazing!!!

Margie said...

Beep Beep!

rainfield61 said...

Did you see Wile E. Coyote, the Coyote?

Clint said...

Great shots! Too bad you couldn't get a pic of a coyote to go with that roadrunnner....

Landbohaven said...

Jeg kom lige forbi din blog.
Hvor har du en smuk forside.

Rigtig gode billeder.
Tak for rundvisningen.

ellen abbott said...

We have killdee in the fields here and of course our red shouldered hawk though I haven't seen him around lately. But no road runners.

Inger said...

I've never seen a killdeer, very sweet looking birds. As you know, we have roadrunners here too and they are so much fun to watch. We have red tailed hawks, don't think we have red shouldered ones. Your hawk photos are amazing. Great bird picture taking day. Thanks for sharing.

Michaele said...

Great car shots! The first one of the road runner is great. Nature is beautiful from all sides.

don said...

A fine series….and from the car no less. Excellent work from a limited place to shoot. Well done!

Paula said...

I'm with everyone else~ my first time actually "seeing" a roadrunner! How funny! "beep beep"
Awesome hawk and killdeer pics.

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

Love all the markings on these birds.

My nickname was Birdy or Birdlegs when I was little....I'm passing it on to you, T!

Meep.Meep.

barbara l. hale said...

Terrific!! I have always wonder why they call them killdeer. Do they actually kill deer? There may be no cooler bird (aside from the crow) than a roadrunner...meep, meep..

Angela said...

Those are just great! I would love to see a roadrunner in person! I've only seen the one with Bugs Bunny! Beep Beep! hahaha

Daniel said...

Wow! Never seen a Roadrunner's rear end before. :P

I guess I'll have to wait some before I see its front end.

The Killdeer and Hawk images are quite nice! :)

Woody said...

I've never seen a killdeer so close, they have nice stripes. I think hawks are awesome and growing up with Looney Tunes, who doesn't love the roadrunner?

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

My daughter who is an avid (rabid) birder calls it "windshield ornithology". I am impressed with how close you were able to get to the killdeer. Being in a car usually gives birds and animals a sense of security. Once you open the door...whoosh, they're gone.

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

You shoot very well from the car! Great photos and the red shouldered hawk is awsome the way you captured him.
Love to you,

Mariette

Farm Girl said...

We were sitting in our dining room having dinner when one of those roadrunners walked in front of the window and down beside my house. They look like some crazed maniac close up.
Sasha my dog's favorite thing in the world is to chase Killdeers. I think they love to torture her on purpose. They yell louder when she comes outside and I swear they just laugh.

Karen said...

Marvellous captures! I have never seen a roadrunner before,'cept on the catoons. Gee, sure hope you were the passenger and not the driver ;)

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Great captures again.
Costas

Fjällripan said...

Lucky you who get to see the beautiful hawk, great photos to.The first bird is so lovely with his big eyes and new to me. And the last roadrunner makes me curious, what is it...?

Evelyn S. said...

As a child, I used to love to try to find the killdeer nest in the gravel and rocks at the side of a country road. And I would LOVE to see a roadrunner some day! (I remember seeing my first armadillo while driving across Texas in the late 60's!)

Robin said...

T. nice birds! Beep Beep! Roadrunner! That's cool.
I saw one once in Arizona.
The Hawk is really nice!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures of beautiful birds as always! Love the hawk and the road runners always make me smile! Hope you have a great weekend, Theresa!

Sylvia

Pricilla said...

Roadrunners crack me up

Paula said...

Did you know back in the days here in south Texas people ate roadrunners for medicine? John and I both had that experience.My Mama didn't know she was supposed to boil it so she fried it but it was still yuck. Maybe because my brother sat across the table from me and teased me.

Country Mouse Studio said...

Those are awesome shots from the car or not. I'd love to see a roadrunner what a great bird.

Bob Bushell said...

Wow wow wow, three well chosen birds. Superb.

Kay said...

Roadrunners always make me laugh! and want to say "beep-beep!"!
Kay

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Great shots, love the roadrunner.

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Andrew said...

Beep beep!...wonderful birds to see.

Rain said...

Umm.....I too didn't know roadrunners were a real bird!! Very interesting--you're educational as well as entertaining!!

Montanagirl said...

Very Nice! Would love to see a Roadrunner!!

Sharon said...

Nice pictures, too bad you couldn't get a side view of the roadrunner. ;-)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, How wonderful that you have Roadrunners! Have a super good Sunday tomorrow!

KAT said...

Ok I just found out here that some birds have poisonous talons (WHAT?) I did not need to know this fact. Just kiddin I love the photo of the running road-runner I guess you always get their back end because why would they run toward you ? Funny ME...

- KAT -

EG Wow said...

Roadrunners are such funny looking guys!

wayside wanderer said...

These are great! You must not have the traffic we have here. People get so ticked if you slow down in the least. They don't seem to realize or appreciate that there are birds to see, dang it!

Ms. Becky said...

killdeer are one of my favorite birds. I recall one year when I was gardening in a community plot. there was a nest not far from my garden. once the babies hatched, she was viciously protective. I think I ended up giving up on the garden that summer...
happy weekend to you TWG.

Candy C. said...

Great pictures! The hawk turned out great! We get LOTS of roadrunners here, they like to sit on the front deck and hunt for lizards!

eileeninmd said...

Great birds, I love the cute killdeer and the awesome hawk shots. But my favorite is the roadrunner. I have always wanted to see a roadrunner. Lucky you!

mick said...

A nice series of birds to capture from the car. For the longest time I thought the Roadrunner was only a cartoon character!

Gone Country said...

I've never seen a road-runner before... how cool!

Nice variety of birds!

SweetMarie said...

My hubby has seen a Road Runner before and I have on cartoons. LOL! How cool to actually see a real one. Are those common there??

Romina said...

They're beautiful birds, I like looking at every angle of your photos.

Have a nice weekend.

Cindy said...

Such great pictures, Love the roadrunner picture, they always crack me up!

Shifan said...

Nice collection. very clear pictures.

beth said...

wow. around here, from a car, you could maybe find an ugly sparrow.

although today, in a newly harvested cornfield, we saw three herons who obviously stopped by just for lunch....but the road was way too busy to even think about stopping and getting closer for a photo :(

Susan said...

Beautiful pictures.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I don't think I've ever seen a Killdeer or a Roadrunner before. Good shots from the car!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Hey,these are great. The Roadrunner is a neat bird to see,at least in a picture. I have never actually seen one up here. HA! HA!

Randy said...

What no coyote chasing the roadrunner?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great drive-bys! (Your title sounds better than what I say 'drive-by shooting', which I do a ton of.) (I just wish my non-drivebys were as good as your vehicular shots.)

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Oh wow!! I LOVE the roadrunner shots!

Ann said...

I find it hard shooting birds, they always fly away.

Hilary said...

You've certainly captured some cool looking birds.. particularly Mr. Meep-meep!

Louise said...

Love the Roadrunner, though, all of those pictures are wonderful, so clear and full of detail. Especially since they were taken from a car.

Chatty Crone said...

Nice bird! sandie

Furry Bottoms said...

I didn't think roadrunners were that little! I keep thinking they're ostrich sized??? Hey, blame that on wiley coyote.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Great drive-by shootings, T! I have tried my best to get good shots of the killdeer to no avail. They are so easily spooked! I once saw a Roadrunner while visiting our Austin friends, but again, out of focus shots. He was a fast booger and I was too slow. You did good!!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Great job on the Roadrunner-I have never been fast enough to get a pic. of one! My absolute favorite bird of all time is the Killdeer. Their babies look like cottonballs with legs...so cute!

Pat Tillett said...

Great pics! I love the hawk, he's much more colorful than mine!
Every once in a while we see a roadrunner around here. But evn in the country I don't see them as often anymore. Same there?

Barbara said...

Kudos for catching that roadrunner! I still haven't gotten one of ours!

Rose said...

Great shots!

Rose said...

Did you know that killdeer are also called plover?

With that in mind I am sending you this scan I did of a newspaper article that I saved from years ago. I think you might enjoy it...I did.

Kelly said...

awwww...man! I want to see a roadrunner! Cool, cool bird.

Christian said...

It's great way to photograph - i'll vouch for that!

pattisjarrett said...

I love the killdeer, they are so funny to watch. Great shots of the hawk; and I hope the road runner runs toward you next time so we can see it better. It looks awfully cute! I've never seen a real one.

Pat Ulrich said...

It's amazing how useful a car can be as a blind! Birds often could car less about it's presence! And how cool to see a roadrunner running!

bon bon said...

i used to see killdeer as a kid. not sure why they aren't around much anymore. sad. it was nice hearing their call...

great shots of all!

Joe said...

Great shots of the hawk and road runner.

heyBJK said...

These are really good, T! I love the hawk shots! Birds of prey are my favorite!

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