Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reptile hunter

Looked out the front door one day and spied a roadrunner in the dog pen. Grabbed the camera in time to catch him with his snake bounty.

 And off he or she ran to go feed it to its young ones.


Um, excuse me! Can you come back and get this one?
Yeah, yeah. Totally different day (actually night) taken with my cell phone on the back steps of our deck.
 Sometimes you've just got to throw photos together into one post, you know?
Linking to The Bird D'Pot

141 comments:

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful roadrunner, great shots.

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Łucja-Maria said...

Brrr ... hose.
The brave bird.
Tex very interesting post!
Fantastic photos!
Łucja

Carole M. said...

hope that little snake wasn't a venemous one; I guess the road-runner knows which ones to go for to feed the young-uns. Sheez ...step carefully outside at night! Had the dogs spotted it first?

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh that would not make me happy... I'll stick to complaining about the rabbits in the yard:@)

Bernadine said...

Nice shot of the Roadrunner. So, not only do you have birds but various snakes too? And so close to the house! When I was younger living in South Florida, we actually had a large black snake come into the house when my mom opened the door! Has that ever happened to you?

Sandra said...

you need a BIGGER road runnier for that one. did not know they eat snakes. do RR on run on the ground or can they fly

Molly The Wally said...

Love the roadrunners. Never seen them before till your blog. Have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Primitive Stars said...

Good Morning, love the pictures of the Roadrunner, such a great looking bird. As for the big snake, umm, yikes, good shot of it though. Blessings Francine.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

nice roadrunner & his meal shots!! lucky ones to get!

i've seen the hawks with snakes...resting in the trees with their slithering snacks...but never have been able to get a picture!

and cool night time snake shots too! hopefully he was moving away from your house!

Kate said...

What a capture...you are quick!

Jeevan said...

Lol! This is interesting series and the bird could never get the below one.

Happy Sunday Tex :)

Donna said...

Yeah, come on back and get the second one! Eeeek!!! Love those road runners. I remember the cartoons well as a kid, but I've never seen one of those birds in the wild!

Eyeliquor said...

Thanks for sharing :)

eileeninmd said...

I love the cool roadrunner. Nice that it helps to keep your property free of snakes. Yikes! Great series!

Gone Country said...

What a cool bird! I'd love to see a roadrunner in person some day. Guess I need to head west.

We've had a lot of snakes around here this year. I walked into a HUGE banana silk spider web smack in the face because I was looking down and watching for snakes. Thankfully, the spider was a bit to my left when I backed up!

Breathtaking said...

Now that's something you don't see every day!! We have also had a lot of snakes this year,even one in my bedroom!!

islandwonder said...

Wow! That was a giant snake. Yawza!

Genie said...

That roadrunner shot is a grand one. That poor victim did not have a chance in the world. I know it is survival of the fittest, but still I feel a bit saddened for the one caught. Glad you included all the captures. They were neat to study. genie

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of the Roadrunner with his prize. It looks like they're nice to have around.

Imagebloke said...

Very good pictures! I wonder what camera you used....

Muffy's Marks said...

OMG, I would just die if I saw that snake by my back door.

Linda said...

It would be such fun to live where a roadrunner is a common sight...unless it meant living where snakes on your doorstep are also a common sight. :)

Kathy said...

Yikes! I wouldn't like snakes at my doorstep! Although after getting more than six inches of rain here since yesterday morning, I dare say they are slithering up from the bottom right now!

Mike said...

Pretty sneaky to slip that snake snap into a perfectly harmless road runner pic. Now, a coyote would've been expected.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Sure like to see how the Road runner ran !

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Great post Tex! That roadrunner shot from the back with those little bird feeties and the snake dangling from its beak!! Great series!

ellen abbott said...

nice rat snake, keeping the homestead clear of mice.

Bob Bushell said...

Keep running bird toward your wee ones, and the snake, wow, that was superb.

Barb said...

Great shots! It's a cute little creature!

Maple Lane said...

Amazing captures by you! Love the gleam in the snake's eye!

Indrani said...

On time to get them. Great captures.

DJan said...

That second snake looks huge! I think maybe a bit large to be hauled off by the roadrunner. :-)

Deb said...

Beep beep love road runners we saw several this summer at the lake always when my camera was on its case

Buttons said...

Cool I want a Roadrunner a big Roadrunner. That is one big ugly scary snake. I would not be taking photos I am afraid I would have been running. B

Jan n Jer said...

Roadrunners are so comical to watch. What a thrill to capture him with his prey! Yikes....that is one big snake...hope it's just a harmless black snake. You really gotta watch where you walk don't you!!!

Roan said...

Very nice capture of the roadrunner and snake, but oh my those last shots are scary. I'm not a fan of the snakes!

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Beth said...

I have never seen a roadrunner before. What a fantastic bird.

Red said...

Interesting how you put the relationship of the two together...roadrunner and snakes.

Birdman said...

Beep, Beep!

Lynne said...

Roadrunner photos brought delight! Imagining you stepping on to the deck with bare feet and a SNAKE . . .
not so much delight!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Those roadrunners are hard to catch ... congrats on the neat photos! And yes, I would share that snake with the roadrunner any day! :-) Thank you again for your kind comments on Friday's post and I do think I've gotten the Weekend Reflections and Skywatch Friday on the blog. Any comments/suggestions on this will be appreciated. I really like this idea of more ways to share. By the way, I was looking back at some of your posts I missed while away, and the pics on Late August Skies, Sept 21, are simply amazing! I would have to put one of those sunset photos in my top 10 all time! Congrats again! And thanks again for stopping by John's Island and your comments! John

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I used to have a roadrunner that would come up on the deck. I miss him/her.

Chatty Crone said...

So that is a road runner? I see he eats little worms who got that big one? Have a good day.

S. J. Qualls said...

Yeah for the roadrunner! Nice captures!

Hey! What makes the snakes want to go up the steps anyway? You know, when they have that whole big yard...

Lois Evensen said...

The second one looks a little big for the road runner to carry off!

Patty Woodland said...

I do love snakes

Margie said...

You sure have lots of critters and such in your neck of the woods!

Inger said...

One of my favorite birds, they are so much fun to watch and they get the snakes around here too.

georgettesullins said...

Such a show you have out your front door and deck. Can you identify the snake? ewww...

polkadotpeticoat said...

Yikes...i will take a charging bear any day over a snake.....thank God for the birds......love your new header!

~mel said...

I'm with polkadotpeticoat on this one ~ I'll take the bear over the snake too. I'm NOT a reptile kinda gal ~ they creep me out.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Looks like your squatter was soaking up some heat from the rocks. So haw many times have you stepped on one at night?

Dar said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Roadrunner that was not ' running.' Those were cool shots.
And that snake, no thank you. I cannot imagine stepping on one, I'm on my deck in the dark all the time. Mercy, I am turning a new leaf.
BlessYa

Kerri said...

Oh my .... I just love to see bird behavior! These are awesome! The snake on the deck would freak me out abit - I must say :)

Jo's World said...

Some people who live in fairer climates wonder about people who live where there is SNOW 5-6 months of the year. I am happy to tell you, you will never see a snake slithering along through the snow banks or any other repulsive insects either. Shoveling snow is worth it!

Cheers,
Jo

Betty Manousos said...

wow, the roadrunner photos made me smile.
but the snake would definitely freak me out! too scary!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, The Roadrunners are wonderful birds! I dislike snakes and am happy to have only seen one (non poisonous) snake here in TN in the three years I have lived here. I think that there may be Copperheads living in the gulch area but I don't want to find out. Have an excellent coming week.

Fireblossom said...

Yay Roadrunner! Snakes, not so much.

don said...

There is never a dull moment at your place. Today's series is a fine example of the unusual things that occur. Glad you got these fine shots of this bird's hunting success.

Texan said...

We do have quite a few road runners here :O). They are fun to watch. We also have tons of snakes here and yep they come up on the porches here as well. Once I opened the front door and one was laying against the door in the foot plate... oh ya scared me scared him lol

Tombstone Livestock said...

Beep, Beep, ya gotta love that Road Runner. Think I could use one or two.

Sylvia K said...

Yep, my first thought was Beep! Beep! Love those road runners!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Had one of these fellows right up to the motorhome in our Arizona camp. I think he was picking the grasshoppers we had collected along the way. What kind of snake is that?

Joel DeJong said...

The road runners specialty. thats a great idea for a piece of art - road runner with a snake in the death grip. nice shots

Findlay Wilde said...

I have only seen a road runner on cartoons being chased by Coyote. Is that bigger snake a poisonious one? From Findlay

Karen said...

A handsome roadrunner and an impressive snake in your last shot!

Andrew said...

Wonderful (I think?) to see...

Janey and Co. said...

Love love the road runner shots. Have only seen these in Arizona ..

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
Love to see the roadrunner, reminds me of the cartoons.
Must admit I'm not a fan of reptiles.

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...The first think that came to mind when I saw that Roadrunner was "Beep Beep"...loved that cartoon!!
My second thought was "yikes" I hate snakes, I am glad I don't have any on my deck !!
Thanks for sharing these of the Road Runner...didn't know that you have then there!!
Grace

Jenny Short said...

I haven't seen a road runner in years, probably 40. Great photos. xo Jenny

Lisa Gordon said...

That roadrunner is adorable.
I have not ever seen one other than in photographs.
Cute little fella!

ashok said...

wow! great shots...both deserved separate posts!

bon bon said...

i'm really thankful i never see anything like this sliding across our patio.

great captures of mr. roadrunner!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

To see a wild animal with his meal is every wildlife photographer's dream! Great shots of this elusive animal. I shuddered at the close-up shots of that black snake on your deck!

Robin said...

T, great captures! Still amazes me that you have rattlers!

Adam Tilt said...

Great capture with the Roadrunner, although I have to say I'm glad our snakes keep well away from the house.

MTWaggin said...

I love those RR shots, especially of him running away with his snake!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the roadrunner. Hate snakes. I can barely look at a picture of them. I would never leave the house if I had snakes on the deck.

Ms. A said...

What a catch! (you getting the roadrunner with the little snake) The snake... ummm, might have had a hard time carrying that one!

Brian King said...

That's nice having your own snake exterminator! I wonder if they do spiders, too? :-) The last snake might be a bit more of a challenge.

Jill said...

Cool roadrunner shots! You can keep the snakes though.

barbara l. hale said...

Roadrunners seem like cool birds to me. Well, anything that will eat a snake has to be pretty high on the admiration scale.

Brita said...

Hej och tack för alla dina kommentarer under veckan jag varit i Innerdalen. Nätet har varit lite skakigt så jag har satsat på att lägga upp bilder, har inte hunnit eller haft möjlighet att kommentera andras bloggar.
Det har varit en fantastisk vecka i en helt sagolik natur.
Att bo mitt i motivet och ha så många möjligheter till olika utflykts mål är en ynnest. Jag var där förra året vid denna tid och jag kommer att åka dit nästa år. Innerdalen ligger ca 20 mil sydväst om Trondheim, en lång resa, men värd varenda mil.
Vilken liten rolig fågel, jag måste skratta ! ormen ser dock inte lika rolig och trevlig ut/brita

wayside wanderer said...

Gah. That is a little too close for my liking. Way to go RR!!!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Shit , I hate snakes , I have phobia aginst snake. Nearly bitten when I was a child. Tried to get rid of it and touched snakes but no no I scream and run if I see one...

Annette said...

Great shot of the roadrunner with the snake.

oldmanlincoln said...

I am not fond of snakes. Any snakes give me the creeps. I was barefoot, and about two or three, and stepped on a snake that bit my foot above the heel. I was small enough to scream and my folks rushed me to the neighboring town that had a doctor. He checked it and said he thought I would be OK and I was but it left me tainted with this fear of snakes. I would have to get rid of them somehow if those appeared or showed up here close to our house.

Giga said...

Dobrze by było, aby ptak wrócił i zabrał też tego z Twojego tarasu. Wspaniałe zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
It would be good to bird and took it back to from your terrace. Great pictures. Yours.

Fjällripan said...

Wow great captures of the cool roadrunner with the snake in his mouth!! And also the bigger snake! is it dangerous...I guess it is...fascinating but scary :)

Dianna said...

Yechh! What kind of snake is that? I just think it's cool that you can look outside and see a roadrunner!

Cloudia said...

was thrilling to your Road Runner and his safely captured snake. THEN you showed Big Scary right by your back steps you say!?

YIKES. Snake-free Hawaii is looking better and better. Guam, please keep your brown tree snakes home!



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Patrice said...

I've never seen one before. Does Wylie Coyote exist too? ;)

JM said...

Fantastic! Great finds.

Gary said...

Just managed to get on the site. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Debbie said...

haha, your a funny girl!!!

Tammy said...

Oh Yum - Blaghhh.

Love that road runner. How cool that you got him with his dinner.

Barb said...

WOW! Those roadrunner captures are fabulous! As for the creepy crawlies - watch your step!

Linda said...

Yikes! Love the roadrunner shot...not so much the no-feet! I would hate to see that on my step!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Comical bird great shots! The snake though, wow you are a brave woman!

Farm Girl said...

I need a road runner. That was the size that was trying to get in my front door.
That black one is the size that lives in my chicken house.
I am not a fan of them but you caught some really great shots. I like that picture with your phone of the black one. Is that a chicken snake? I hope that one the road runner had was a copperhead.

Candy C. said...

Good job "capturing" the roadrunner, they are so hard to photograph!
The black snake on the steps would make me go "Eeeekk!!"

Joe said...

Looks kinda snakey at your place.

Karrie said...

Critters critters critters!!

The roadrunner is SO COOL!!!!!!! I've never seen one, well, except for in the cartoons ;)

Judy @ daily yarns said...

What a great capture of the road runner...I hope the snake in the bottom photos got away ;)

Becca said...

Great shots! Love your profile photo too. Ah, if only I had a "jaw line" like that. LOL!

Andee said...

Roadrunner I'm so jealous snake no thank you

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What great pictures, even with a snake!!

Tammy said...

Roadrunners are just SO cool!!! I cant' believe you get to see them in your yard, and its even eating a snake!!!

RoeH said...

I just Love Roadrunners! We used to see a lot of them here but society being what it is has driven them out. They like the orange orchards because snakes like the orange orchards. And I loved that cartoon. Still do.

Angela said...

So cool to find a roadrunner with an itty bitty little ol snake! Then the big one! Can't believe it was that close to your house! At least it wasn't a deadly snake!

Michelle said...

Love the roadrunner with the snake in its mouth, but the snake on the deck....no thanks!

Randy said...

Gross.

Paula said...

The first picture of the roadrunner is outstanding. I'm sure I have told you John and I both ate a roadrunner for medicine when we were kids here in south Texas. That is one thing we have lots of but could never get a picture of my own with my pitiful camera.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

Great shots and I like the fact that the road runner ran with its prey. You at least had the calm for taking some great photos of the big reptile.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Montanagirl said...

Would love to see a Roadrunner! Pretty cool photos. Ugh to the snakes though!

BlueShell said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...a brave one...that was a snake Theresa....oh my!!!
Love those photos...love that brave bird!
xoxo
BShell

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You need more roadrunners! Actually, I wish I had a few here and in Florida! I love the crazy looking things and if they eat snakes, that's gotta' be good!

Sandra said...

I felt sorry for the snake in the roadrunner's beak but wished for a bigger roadrunner for the second snake....

Ron said...

Nice roadrunner shots! The cell phone is not what I would have been shooting the snake with. :~)

Daryl said...

that is a hoot .. he walks bowlegged! as for that snake .. ewwwww

Hilary said...

Not a fan of snakes but that was a fine shot of the roadrunner with its capture. Very cool!

Martha Z said...

While we have plenty of snakes around here, sad to say no road runners. I've only seen fleeting glimpses of them on our travels.

Adam Jones said...

That snake looks a bit too near the house for comfort.

Sandy said...

I didn't realize you all had snakes & scorpions just like we do here in AZ. Once again, though, I am jealous that you actually get photos of the roadrunner. The one that hangs at my house is super elusive :/

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I think I would've passed out at the sight of that snake...it just gave me the willies! Love your cute roadrunner- hope he ran far, far away!

Susan said...

Fabulous to see the Roadrunner!!

Black Jack's Carol said...

This was amazing to see! I've never encountered a road runner, and even little garter snakes are pretty rare around here. I can count on one hand the number I've seen in the past couple of years. You were pretty quick to get that capture! And, your "throwing pictures together" gave this post that extra "je ne sais quois" that makes for a great read.

Michaele said...

Something about being black makes them look even more frightening. I hope you are getting some of that rain??

pattisjarrett said...

A slithery theme you have going on there. Love the road runner sprinting across the field! You were there at the perfect time to capture that!

SquirrelQueen said...

Love your shots of the roadrunner, not a bird we see here. The snake is pretty cool too.

orchid said...

Dearest Theresa,
So sorry for my belated comment. But really amazed with the road runner caught the snake!!! I've never encounter these scenes; of course, haha. I think I learn a lot of birds' name here, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Barbara said...

I have roadrunner envy! Mine are too fast and/or never come close enough to catch with my camera. Love the barns in the latest post, too!

Gillian Olson said...

Great to see a roadrunner, what an interesting looking bird.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show ..... but I'm afraid of snakes.
Hanne Bente

Anni said...

I hate snakes...so the roadrunner is now my new best friend!!!

Sorry I'm so late this week getting around to view your bird shares and checking out the Bird D'Pots linkies!!! The computer of mine is now running a lot smoother to where I can actually get out and browse photos!!!

Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot this past weekend.

MICKAN¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Wow!!!

Lucky you that you was at home and could grab the camera.

Lovely picture.

The snake look a little bit poisoned so it must be really nice to have a road runner nearby.

Quynh Le said...

Since, I saw your roadrunner pictures, I have to put on my bucket list. That is a big snake, my wife would have a hart attack if she see one.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

The roadrunner is the cooooolest capture. We don't have those around here. Now, my request--you have to find some horny toads (our childhood name for horned toads). I miss them so much and wish they lived around here.

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