Greater Roadrunner – Catalina State Park; Tucson, Arizona: Well, since I have had to return home due to family medical issues I thought I would post some images from my files. Hopefully I’ll be back on the road around Thursday and shooting soon after that.
This image of a Greater Roadrunner was photographed at Catalina State Park in Tucson, Arizona. Roadrunners are fascinating birds. When I see one, I think this is how a small Jurassic dinosaur might have looked. They are members of the family Cuculidae, which include the cuckoos, roadrunners and anis. The roadrunner is a large ground dwelling cuckoo that races around the desert and scrub seeking lizards, snakes and insects to devour.
Using my van as a blind I followed the roadrunner as it searched for prey in the parks desert scrub. After 30 minutes or so of hunting among the branchy willow the roadrunner walked into a grassy field and then into an open area allowing me to take a few unobstructed shots that showed off its blue and red feathered supercillium, long legs and thick, heavy bill. The roadrunner really does look prehistoric!