Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

September 1, 2009

Today’s Backyard Visitor

Filed under: backyard, behavior, Birds — richditch @ 9:55 pm
Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

It’s been many years since we’ve had a Greater Roadrunner spend time in our yard: at least 12 years and perhaps even more. So we’ve been pleased to see this bird on and off over the past week. We’re not sure if it has been attracted by the other birds (everybody has to eat, after all), or by the water we have out.

On today’s visit the Gambel’s Quail in the yard were very disturbed and formed a big huddle under a shrub when the roadrunner approached, and one of Costa’s Hummingbirds paid close attention and moved out of reach when the roadrunner climbed this large mesquite where the hummer had been guarding his feeder.

I grabbed the D200 with big lens and tripod and went outside hoping to get some shots, but the roadrunner didn’t let me get the rig into position. Luckily I’d taken the D70 out with me as well and got off a couple hand held shots with the short 55-200 lens.

This image, however, was taken from inside the house. The roadrunner had come along the top of the wall between our house and the neighbor’s, then went up into our mesquite. I took a few low quality images through the dirty glass, then decided to open the large sliding window enough to get the lens out. To my surprise the roadrunner stayed put.

I know, not the best background, but a fun shot to record the visit.

D70, 55-200 at 185mm, ISO 400, 1/125th at f/7.1, hand held. Full frame minus a sliver off the left edge.



  1. That roadrunner looks a little frazzeled !!!
    Very neat and nice

    Comment by paulakw — September 2, 2009 @ 5:21 am

  2. Awesome! I’d love to have one of these in the yard. I got all excited when I saw one running errands the other day.

    Great capture.

    Comment by Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer) — September 5, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

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