Monday, January 14, 2008

Why did the roadrunner want to cross the road?

Saturday, a birding buddy and I went to the Panoche Valley to bird with some other Santa Clara Valley Aud. Soc. members. The Panoche Valley is located about 12 miles southeast of Hollister, CA in San Benito County. We arrived at our destination around 8 a.m., and the area was a bit foggy and very chilly (41 F) to begin with. But as the day went on, the visibility greatly improved. Temps only rose about 10 degrees, but at least the sun was shining.

Most of the photos I took did not turn out very well. Many species were so far away that I didn't get good shots, and those shots turned out blurred when I cropped and blew them up.

The photos and the video below are of one cooperative bird - Greater Roadrunner. He was cute; I felt like he was posing for us. And at one point it looked like he wanted to cross the road to get a closer look at the gawking crowd. There were about 18 of us on this trip.

Is this my better side?

Do you like this pose better? Don't you like my pretty tail feathers?


Anonymous said...

Nice photos and video. Amazingly cooperative little critter!

RuthieJ said...

Hey Mary, I'm so glad you're back!
I've never seen a roadrunner. Those are pretty cool pictures of such a cooperative bird.

Adam R. Paul said...

Cool photos of an unusual bird! I gotta get down that way one of these days, as roadrunners are among several potential life birds for me in the Holister region.

Red said...

I still can't believe there are road runners this close! I had only seen them in Arizona... but I really remember the quails there, which I thought was funny too since they are the California state bird. But what do I know? I'm not into birds.

and what? no explanation why you were gone so long? LOL!

mon@rch said...

I just love Road Runners and even more so love your photos! What cool birds!


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