Beep Beep!

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Road-runner, Cindy knoke is after you!
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Road-runner, this is the best that she’s caught you.
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Some of you were interested in more road-runner shots. Yesterday he decided to cooperate, in a road-runner sort of fashion…..I had the best time being toyed with by him as I chased after him to catch these shots. His game is to run, pause with a clear shot for a second, and then hide in Camouflage. Repeat process.
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He clearly had a fine time, running me around like a fool. Just call me Wiley C. Here is a sequence, one shot after another.
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Road-runners have territories that they patrol and fight to defend. They are immensely curious birds and like to watch what we are doing, especially when we are unaware. Truth be told, they are downright nosey. They make an odd whirring noise when they patrol. It is created by clacking their beak rapidly together He here is a sample (it is not as loud or clear as the real noise):
http://youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=2QauqWrLnJM
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Road-runners like to eat rattlesnakes, which is another reason I like them. They grab the snake by the tail and bash it’s head on a rock and swallow. I have seen them running with half a snake hanging out of their beak.
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Like herons, road-runners look and act as I imagine certain dinosaurs would. Birds are said to be similar to dinosaurs in many ways. Here he is, in the final shot, doing what he does best!
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Cheers from Road-runner Holler!

120 thoughts on “Beep Beep!

  1. The pictures of the running roadrunner are fascinating and colorful.
    But they leave me a bit Ho Hum for I have seen plenty of them running around my home.

    What we really wanted to see is a picture(s) of Cindy running after the running roadrunner. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Cindy the road runner is awesome.Any creature that can take care of a rattle snake is who I vote for.Any way did you have fun watching the Road Runner gobbling up the rattle snake?What a funny sight it must have been.

    • He doesn’t think he KNOWS! The hummingbirds own the air, the road runners, the land. Every time we buy something new outside, he has to run all over it. Hilarious!

  3. Cindy, you might have a business idea there: Roadrunner fitness, get fit trying to chase down the perfect photo πŸ™‚
    Fantastic photo’s and love the Bugs Bunny tie-in

  4. Hi Cindy the road runner is awesome.Any creature that can take care of a rattle snake is who I vote for.Any way did you have fun watching the Road Runner gobbling up the snake.

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    • I agree with you. When we first moved in, before we had window coverings, I would wake every morning to one staring at me through the french doors as I slept. That was my introduction, thank you very much!

  6. lol…love this fellow…especially that he eats rattle snakes! he is actually rather dignified…in a couple of photos it looks as though the feathers on the top of his head are ruffled…does he do this is he is annoyed? I’ve never seen one of these fellows before so thank you for sharing…

    • He’s just teased me. But he, like most critters, got curious in spite of himself, so I was able to get a fast sequence, where he just moved his head. He’s a handsome little Cuckoo isn’t he! I think he’s in the cuckoo family…..He sure acts like it!! Actually, to be honest, I acted far more cuckoo than he! lol!

  7. Great capture and great little the documentary about the “Beep Beep” bird. A nice catch of the bird is running on the pavement.

    BTW, I could help imaging you with a camera and the road runner playing hide and seek together. That would be fun to watch πŸ™‚

    • I am afraid my son will read this comments and take some photos of me photographing the birds. That would be so embarrasing!! LOL! I really must have looked like a prize twit running after the tweet!

  8. Seems you had so much fun getting these pics, Cindy, next we want to see the roadrunner AND Wiley Coyote in the same pic !!! I never knew roadrunners had that color stripe behind their eyes.
    Beautiful pics.
    Paul

    • Hmmmm. That would take some doing…..possibly on the 24 critter cam sent to video, but then, probably not. I’ve got them on it in the same night, but not the same frames. That would be epic! Maybe I could get the coyote lighting the TNT too!!!! Or cranking up the safe! πŸ™‚

  9. Oh that road runner knew exactly what sort of game it was playing with you. Gorgeous photos, Cindy. Put your laptop outside with the photos of the roadrunner on slide show and see if it comes to investigate!!!!!!

  10. Love the roadrunner! Got some wonderful shots of one once who decided to check me out as I was in a golf cart. he didn’t realize I had my camera and zoom in place and ready to shoot LOL. Fun post Cindy!

  11. Thank you for showing me this strange bird. Long time ago I watched the cartoon Road Runner, but I had no idea that it existed for real. Fun!

  12. Very nice photos of a beautiful and interesting-looking creature, Cindy! He sure looks like he’s got a lively personality.

  13. Road runners are odd-looking little creatures, aren’t they? I never realized that until I saw your really great pictures of them. It’s amazing that a little bird can take on a rattler — it seems like the bird would be the meal rather than the snake in that scenario! Fantastic, clear pictures, Cindy!

    • Boy, can you imagine what two road runners would do inside a fedex truck….not to mention the plane. The truck would never make it to the plane and the truck driver would quit!! LOL!

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    • You photos were wonderful!! MY camera has a 50x zoom. My son calls the roadrunner “our pet,” as he is around 24/7 and seems like part of the family. He lets me get close enough to shoot, but not to pet! LOL! While I was away recently, my husband said he jumped over the roof and into our inner courtyard! Hilarious! Wish I’d been here for the shots!! πŸ™‚

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