Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Runnin' the roads

Living up to his name, the Greater Roadrunner exhibits his specialty.

Just because I feel bad about these zoomed in and cropped shots, I'm going to repeat some old photos of a closer encounter from a few years ago, taken through the sliding glass doors as he peered in from the deck.


Meep meep!

154 comments:

Dan Huber said...

Great captures. The one opportunity I had I got the bush in front of it in focus, very neat bird.

Icy BC said...

Oh goodness, he is an adorable one! You got some great shots of him!

Bob Bushell said...

Awe, isn't he/she such a pleasure. I love it.

Carole M. said...

so this really is ... 'a road-runner'?! I didn't even know there was a bird for real with that name. He's so darn cute! I suspect they might be kind of mischievious.

Paula said...

That is awesome! He/she is so cute!!
I've never seen one in person because we don't have them around here, so I have to enjoy them through pictures...
*meepmeep* :)

Sandra said...

I always thought they were much bigger. Great shots!

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
He/she's so cute.

Michael said...

what a joy for you to be so close to such a creature...envious

Giga said...

Bardzo ciekawski ten ptak, wszędzie zagląda :-). Pozdrawiam.*** This bird is very curious, looks everywhere :-). Yours.

Fiskarn said...

The Roadrunner such a special bird , nice photos both at distance and close-ups !

Revrunner said...

My inspiration!

Nancy Claeys said...

He looks very excited to have his photo taken. Great shots!

Gone Country said...

How cool! I've never seen a road runner before (other than the cartoon of course, lol!). Are they really fast?

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Love how he/she is casually walking down the road on their way to..somewhere! I have never saw one upclose, great shots.

Breathtaking said...

It really exists then,I thought it was a made up cartoon character!!
Good photos!!

Kathy said...

I've never seen one stand still long enough to pose for a photo!

Catherine said...

Haha! He's cute! He doesn't look like the one off Bugs Bunny though. ;)
xo Catherine

Christian said...

Meep meep. I'll be saying that all day!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I just love to see roadrunners!! Not as common here as further west, so I get even more excited to see them. Thank you for sharing these. blessings ~ Tanna

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

That is a pretty bird !

Rain said...

Wow-once again you amaze me!! I never knew these were for real!! Love the poses she/he struck! Do you have every bird there is down your way! Love the green grass you Photoshopped in!! haha-really though glad you finally have moisture to get that greenery!! have a great day Theresa!
~~Rain
meepmeep!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the close up through the door! He's cute!

Madge Bloom said...

What a funny looking bird... lol. Love him looking in the window... I owned a Plymouth Roadrunner in 1972, it was a 1969 with a 383, four on the floor and a 3/4 racing cam... it was a hot ride!

Sandra said...

i have never seen a real live roadrunner, and glad you showed the up close shots. he is so cute. i love the meep meep from the show... next can we see wiley coyote?

Connie said...

What a neat bird! I always thought they were bigger too!

~mel said...

I'm loving that little road runner. My cousin ~ when he was living yet in California .. had one that came every day to his deck for a hand out of raw hamburger.

Melodie said...

I haven't seen a road runner in ages! They are so fun to watch!

Comment1 said...

Good looking bird. Nice to see he has some space to practice in!

DJan said...

I've never seen one, but maybe it's because they move so fast! You have captured one (or two) and now I am satisfied that they do indeed exist. :-)

joo said...

It's a fascinating bird!

Southwest Arkie said...

Cute little bird- you got a great shot of him on your porch!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Interesting! Thanks for sharing, since we obviously don't have these in Virginia!

Linda said...

I don't think I've ever seen one of these birds in person. If I have, it was just a fleeting glimpse. Thanks for sharing this one through photos. Maybe someday...

Kerri said...

Oh, I really really really want to see one of these!!!

Barb said...

How awesome to get those photos! I saw a roadrunner once . . . I think . . .

Hilary said...

Oh he's wonderful. No coyotes lurking?

farmer said...

such a neat bird! thanks for sharing !

Judy said...

He is soooo cute, I've only seen one on your blog.

Chatty Crone said...

I have never seen a road runner before - how cool is that. On cartoons I always feel a little mad at him and feel sorry for the coyote! Just a little. lol

sandie

islandwonder said...

So cute! I did not realize how small they were.

holdingmoments said...

What a great looking bird!
Great shots Theresa.

Mom of M&Ms said...

love these.. and where is that wiley coyote when ya need him..hehehehhe

Susan said...

Funny looking birds aren't they? We have those little buggers too. Great pics!!!!!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Aww, I love roadrunners! We used to have them running around our neighborhood when we lived in New Mexico.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

He is too dang cute Tex! I want one on the Tiny Ten!!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I used to love seeing those when I visited TX!
Just read your Horns/Hammocks post.... wow what a day!! Glad you were there to come to his rescue!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That paisano is on a mission!

Jill said...

They have so much character!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I love these guys and rarely see them here. I had one a few years ago that would come up on the deck and peek in the glass. It was such fun.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I always wondered about this bird.....wonderful pictures!

Clint said...

Cool---very unique lookin' boid.

Sharon said...

A very interesting character!

Nancy said...

Now he's a cutie pie...So glad you gave us the up close version because you can really see the details....I have never seen one before....

Ginger said...

What a cutie! ;-)

Mariette said...

Dearest Theresa,
Loved also those 'literally' Road runner shots!
Love,
Mariette

Pricilla said...

I love roadrunners!

heyBJK said...

haha! Cool shots on the deck! I've only seen them a couple of times, but they're speedy little suckers.

Joop Zand said...

What a lovely one.......very nice pictures Theresa..... good work again.

greetings, Joop

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

These guys are real characters which leaves no wonder they were chosen to be Wiley's nemesis.

Poppy said...

I love road runners! I had to come see your posting after reading Chilling With Jill's posting! Great shots!

Carol said...

I have never seen a roadrunner! Lucky you to get photos.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I do so fondly remember Loony Tunes.

So, he just dropped by for a beer?

Liesl said...

Thanks to those comics I was also under the impression that they were a lot bigger! Love all those pics and the birds put a smile on my face.

EG Wow said...

They must be tons of fun as they appear to have personalities all their own. :)

bailey-road.com said...

He's so cute! Did you invite him in?

Texan said...

Don't you just love the Roadrunners. We have quite a few here. The males are funny when they get to showing off for the girls LOL

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love the roadrunners! And your captures are terrific! Hope you have a great day!

Sylvia

Gary said...

He's great!! Now where's Charlie Coyote? Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Linda R said...

What a great catch.. My Mom used to have a one legged roadrunner that would visit every morning.. I can't remember what she fed it. But for over a year it was there every morning..

Hugs, Linda

It's me said...

Great pictures !!!...xxx...

Sally said...

Great photo's, Theresa. I'd never seen a road runner. :)

Paula said...

Up and down the road. Always makes me wonder where they are going and what are they going to do when they get there. Turn around and come back I suspect.

pattisjarrett said...

I NEED one of those! Does it come with its own coyote?

Brita said...

Vilken rolig liten rackare!/brita

Modesto Viegas said...

Well done!!!
Regards,

Rohrerbot said...

Hey! No way....for some reason, (because I'm mostly ignorant:)I only thought Road Runners to live around this area. Those shots made me smile. Nice! Love these birds....they make me laugh, but they are also quick to nab any food:) Fun!

SweetMarie said...

These are so fabulous! You are the first and only person that I've seen with pics of a real Roadrunner! Love it!

NewMexiKen said...

Very nice images! I want a good shot of one of those Roadrunners so badly. I was not into photography when I lived in New Mexico, and we sure don't have any out here in Florida.

Carletta said...

After watching the cartoon for years it's nice to be reminded that they really are real. :)
Love that last closeup!

Jenn Jilks said...

What an absolute cutie!
I like that you resurrected the close-ups!
They are adorable, quirky birds!
None around here. Thanks for sharing them!
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Dawn said...

Hahaha...I've been "meep meeping" since I saw the first picture:D

Robin said...

T, great captures! They definitely are an unusual bird! I managed to see one on a trip to Arizona a few years back! Made my day!

ShySongbird said...

Well I've heard the name of course but never seen the real thing, a delightful and quite odd looking bird... but don't tell it I said odd ;-)

edenhills said...

How cool! I don't think I've ever seen a real picture even.

jyothisethu said...

interesting pictures...

Frank said...

Super species. One I never got to see on our trip to Texas in 2003.

Annette said...

We have road runners up here too and I love watching them. I don't think its possible to get an up close and personal shot unless you are stalking through a window.

Helene said...

Your photography is exquisite!!!

And I'm super impressed that you were able to capture that bird so beautifully through your sliding glass doors. I can hardly see out mine...with all the small handprints smeared all over it!

Karen said...

You've got the roadrunners, we have the coyotes...which I can't get close enough to get pics of!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Funny little creature! I don't think I have seen one up close like that!

Candy C. said...

They sometimes jump up on the front porch here searching for lizards, I'm hoping I'll be able to get a "close-up" picture this summer. I love your shots through the slider!! :)

Sall's Country Life said...

OMG! I've never seen one before! Very cool! So where's Wile E.?

Barb said...

That looks like a youngster. Very cute and quite bold :)

Furry Bottoms said...

Don't let it distract you, or you'd do a face plant over a cliff!

Bernadine said...

Never have seen a real live roadrunner. Thanks for the pics. By the way, I removed word verification. I'm just curious, why don't you like it? Do you get a lot of spam as a result?

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, I sure do miss these fantastic birds. I used to see them all the time when I lived in Texas many years back. I have occasionally seen the Road Runners in Southern California out in the desert areas. Have a wonderful day!

Sandy said...

I love roadrunners! We have them here in Arizona too. You should consider doing a drawing of one.

Andrew said...

Beep! beep!.. wonderful to see and I have just given myself a pat on the back because as I saw your thumbnail on Springmans blog I said Roadrunner.
So your cropped images were good enough for me...

I love the images of the one that visited your decking.. it's now my second fave bird on the R*A*RRR your little painted buntings are still miles ahead of the rest..

Cindy said...

The last picture cracked me up! I just love roadrunners. We had a family in our woods, we could hear the mom calling her babies, but never saw the babies. Must be good at camouflaging!

Larry Ostby said...

MeepMeep... Great shots T.

Eva Ason said...

Wow - I love the close ups of the birdie...cool eyes.
Great shots! Have a lovely day!
Big hugs
Eva

Daffycat said...

Awesome! How funny he was to come peeking into the house like that.

Before we got a Border Collie to guard our house we had a roadrunner that would visit inside the fenced yard. It is really amazing when you realize how big these birds really are!

Eyeliquor said...

This is what i missed...:))))

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

He's a cute little road-runner! You captured his personality perfectly.

Tanya said...

you've got a peeping tom! he is so cute...i remember the first time i saw a road runner and was very disappointed that he didn't look anything like the cartoon character!

latebloomerbuds said...

You stole my line you varmint! Where's Wylie Coyote?? Margie

Lynne said...

Amazed at the many, many birds you see . . . certainly a treat to see the road runner!

Fjällripan said...

Wow such an amazing bird! Great shots!

Reena Walkling said...

Guess ole Wile E. Coyote was no where in site!

Larry said...

This is one bird I long to photograph. They are so interesting and colorful. We used to see one on our property 30 years ago but alas, it disappeared a few years after we moved to the property. There are still a few in the area but nowhere near as many as there used to be. I have to search them out to see them from afar now.

I love your photos, especially the close-ups from your porch! I will get to Arizona to bird sometime in the near future where I expect to get some shots of these unique birds.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool! I've never seen one up close and personal:@)

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Theresa! I would love to add this bird to my lifer list. Maybe someday. The closeups from the deck are awesome.

Ellie said...

Cool pictures - he has got kind of a cute face don't you think?

Michaele said...

Love the mowhawk! He was brave enough to come onto the deck? Cool!

Mama Zen said...

Marvelous captures!

parker said...

Never tire of seeing these comical Paisanos!

Casey said...

That's cool having one come up to your door!

Jan n Jer said...

Wow what a great capture....n he came to you!

KAT said...

wow that is a cool bird

love it

-KAT-

Michelle said...

lol Cute little guy!

Rita said...

OMG! That is so cool! I loved that one came up on your porch!! They are oddly pretty. :)

Genie said...

What an interesting guy. I have never seen one like him before. I think he is actually pretty cute. Thanks for your continued support. Thank heavens my computer is up and breathing again. genie

Dina said...

Now that's a cool bird to find! Especially so close to your home.

dr momi said...

Meep, meep?? LOL If I ever come to Texas and see a roadrunner I will squeal with delight. Thanks for the pics :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Those are really great shots of the Roadrunner! I'm so glad Wile E. Coyote never caught him! :-)

Tammy said...

What a cool bird! Wish we had those here.

Chip Allen said...

The only bad shot is the one you don't take just like the only stupid question is the one you don't ask. I've never seen a roadrunner before and now I have. Meep meep!

rkbsnana said...

He wants in.

Andy (AndysLens) said...

Awesome looking bird

Deb said...

I haven't seen a road runner since I was a kid...cool...

Rose said...

Oh, I would love to see one of these...off to look them up at all about birds now! Want to listen to their sound....

Kerry said...

A roadrunner on your deck??? That is SO cool!

...why do I have the sudden urge to watch cartoons?

Montanagirl said...

That is TOOOOO Cool! Love these. He seemed pretty interested in what was going on through those doors!

Pat Tillett said...

They hard to catch in a photo! They skitter around so quickly! They are pretty darn cute also... Nice photos.

Faye said...

Love their fine "rudder". :-) And as to preferences, couldn't choose a fav whether closeup or in natural setting. Beautiful markings.

Sorry I've been a stranger lately. Hoping life will get back to normal soon. Thanks for visiting even though I'm not returning the favor.

Country Mouse Studio said...

He is one interesting looking fellow. Do they really run quickly?

Elaine said...

Very cute! Not a bird I've seen, so fun to see it in your photos.

Stewart M said...

I think I'd keep a very close look out for falling anvils and fake cliff faces if I was watching one of these!

At one time we had an Acme cheese grater at home - and I thought the company was fake!

Cheers - Stewart M

SquirrelQueen said...

Cool shots. I've only seen a Roadrunner one time and it was running fast so no photos.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh my, he is/she is soooooo cool! I have only seen them a couple of times and from a great distance. I think these along with Pheasants are 2 that I really, really want another chance to view one day~

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Wow, just amazing!
Greetings
Angela

Springman said...

My Dear, your first two pictures are "contextual" and beautifully descriptive of the world at large.
As for that last one, scary, I now know how desperate a snake must feel backed into a corner by the lethal stare of a roadrunner!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

check him out! how handsome! heheheee
great shots, T!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

awe, the last photo is superb!
this one made me smile.

he's simply adorable!

Ron said...

Great shots! I can never get that close to one.

Adam Tilt said...

Superb bird and I love that last photo. Meep - meep!

Susan said...

I enjoyed all the shots ... cropped zoomed in whatever :D)
What a cute little fella.

Marie said...

Just loving your roadrunner pictures! How neat he was peering in the window at you! Love the "cropped" shots, too, though. They show him "running the roads!" :-)

Wolfsrosebud said...

so that's what they look like

Liz said...

What wonderful shots of the Roadrunner. I had never seen one till now (except the cartoon character).

wayside wanderer said...

Such interesting birds aren't they? Can't decide if it is cute or not. Look at all the spring that has sprung!

Roan said...

How cool is that. He sure did get close to the window. If the door had been open, maybe he would have come in for a visit.

Joe said...

Love the Road Runner.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

He's a cool little dude...that looks like he'll peck you to death. My gawd, he has a sharp lookin' beak

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