Thursday, April 17, 2014


A Roadrunner!  I was working in the kitchen and noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye, and when I looked out I saw a very large Roadrunner walking along the post line behind The Palms.

Of course, I  s-l-o-w-l-y  rushed to get my camera.  I've learned that if I RUN, then Katie gets excited and starts barking, and when I get back to the window, the bird will be gone.  GRRR.   So I did a fast walk, got the camera, turned it on, and went back to my kitchen window and started snapping.

I've never noticed the iridescence in their feathers before.  This morning the sun was catching his feathers just right for me to see it.

He jumped up on a post and started preening, fluffing up his feathers, etc., just like a regular bird.  As I was snapping photos I realized he IS just a regular bird.  I guess since he is always just running by, I've never seen one act like a bird.  Never seen one fly, never seen one preening, flying here and there, etc. 

Unfortunately most of the pictures didn't come out - too much in the background, I think, and I was having problems focusing clearly on the Roadrunner.  Such a bummer.

There was a breeze blowing his feathers up.

He stayed on the post for a while, then jumped down, walked along a little and jumped up on another post.  He totally fluffed up on the way, but I couldn't get a clear photo.  I'm going to show you, anyway, even though it's a really bad photo.  I don't know why these didn't come out, I could clearly see him, but I was shooting at an angle through the thick kitchen window glass, and maybe that made a difference.  He fluffed up and just stood there, kind of like the Turkey Buzzards when they hold out their wings to cool off and dry their feathers. 

Then he jumped up on another post, preened a little, jumped down from that post, and headed toward The Palms.  He looked around, turned around and headed off down the road. 

Bye-bye Roadrunner, y'all come back soon, ya hear?  

That just made my day!

From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone!  :)