Here’s that Greater Roadrunner again


Saturday morning was the monthly bird-walk/drive-around at San Angelo State Park.  It was my final one to lead it.  The weather was very nice for a change.  In the 90s and a great respite from the 100+ days that we had been having.  So far we didn’t see anything that looked like part of the fall migration, but we were surprised to see that there was some water in O. C. Fisher reservoir again.  Not much, but probably several hundred acres of water about one foot deep.  Some Great Blue Herons were on hand, plus several other shorebirds.  We managed to identify some American Avocets, but others were too far away to make positive IDs.

During our little drive-around we spotted this Greater Roadrunner scurrying through the tall dead grass.  I pulled to the side of the road and captured it with my trusty Canon 100-400mm zoom lens.  After some minor editing and cropping it printed out to a nice 12×16 that I may frame for my gallery at Crockett National Bank.

Greater Roadrunner

  • Photographed September 10, 2011 at San Angelo, Texas
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/1000 sec. @ f14 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance – 400mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Shutter priority

After returning home, later that afternoon this dove flew into our yard and sat on our fence.  We had seen it around the neighborhood, and now it has taken a liking to our new bubbling fountain and bird feeders.  I personally believe it to be a “mis-colored” Eurasian Collared Dove.  You can make out the half-collar on it’s neck.  The odd colorization might be from some genetic deformation.  Any thoughts from my bird experts??

Collard Dove???

  • Photographed September 10, 2011 at San Angelo, Texas
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/1000 sec. @f10 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance 400mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Shutter priority

Click on either image to see an enlargement.  Enjoy.

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13 thoughts on “Here’s that Greater Roadrunner again

  1. I’m pretty sure you’re right on the collared dove. My guess is that it is an albino-like mutation similar to the Northern Cardinal that I’ve seen images of both at Sonora Caverns and at South Llano River State Park. Pretty shots both. – jim

  2. I’ve seen the Road Runner once in Arizona near the Grand Canyon, and also in the scrub on a cliff above Crystal Cove beach in Southern California. Love the little runner!
    Great shot! ~ Lynda

  3. three cheers for the Roadrunner..coming from Arizona, I can say that!! The little dove is beautiful, and I have no clue what species..will check it out, but I think you are right about the Collard Dove..
    Have a great evening…

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