Trying To Photograph A Greater Roadrunner

By | October 12, 2016

I have been trying to photograph a Greater Roadrunner that runs up and down a mile stretch of gravel road here in my area for almost three years now. I have even patterned this bird noticing that it would walk up my driveway about the same time each day. I tried hiding and waiting for this bird to walk by a certain area so that I could get a clear shot. This didn’t work. The Roadrunner wouldn’t show up or I would luck into seeing something else to photograph while hiding (Rough Green Snake Hanging From A Tree).

I have not given up and you may think I finally got lucky seeing the Greater Roadrunner photo below, but this is not the one. I spotted this Greater Roadrunner while driving some of the back roads here in the Ouachitas. I was able to get a quick photograph of this bird from my vehicle before it sped away.

A Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @278mm | 1/500 | f/7.1 | ISO 1000

Greater Roadrunner Facts

This bird walks around rapidly, running down prey. It feeds mainly on small animals including insects, spiders (including black widows), tarantulas, scorpions, mice, small birds and especially lizards and small snakes. Venomous serpents, including small rattlesnakes, are readily consumed. It kills prey by holding the victim in its bill and slamming it repeatedly against the ground.

Although capable of limited flight, it spends most of its time on the ground, and can run at speeds of up to 20 mph. Cases where roadrunners have run as fast as 26 mph have been reported. This is the fastest running speed clocked for a flying bird, but not nearly as fast as the 43 mph of the flightless and much larger ostrich. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

3 thoughts on “Trying To Photograph A Greater Roadrunner

  1. Adam Creek

    I’m gonna start calling you Wile E Coyote. “Beep, beep”!

  2. Sandra

    Awesome capture! What a great bird…Intelligent too from your reports 🙂

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