Greater Roadrunner ~ Male and Female
As I was enjoying a quick walk through a nearby open field ~ I came upon our friendly neighborhood roadrunners ~ both the male and female. It seemed they were enjoying the sun that afternoon too. Actually they were enjoying stirring up a few grasshoppers and other insects for an afternoon meal. They didn't seem to bothered by me and went about their business ~ I'd like to think it's because they have grown to trust that I don't mean them any harm and am just there to observe ~ but I think the real reason might be that I was pretty quite and the sun was at my back so they probably only noticed a dark shadow rather than a person (but then I can always dream right..)
One thing that I noticed in the photo ~ that you rarely notice in person ~ is that their tail feathers have some interesting colors if they happen to catch the light just right.
I hope everyone is having a great March ~ looking forward to catching up with everyone soon.
The Greater Roadrunner, taxonomically classified as Geococcyx californianus, meaning "Californian Earth-cuckoo," is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family, Cuculidae. It is one of the two roadrunner species in the genus Geococcyx; the other is the Lesser Roadrunner. This roadrunner is also known as the chaparral cock, ground cuckoo, and snake killer