Sunday, February 20, 2011

Eye of the Roadrunner

Photo by Ned Harris
This is the one bird I can always identify correctly. (Sorry, Ned.) Signature bird of the southwest, the Greater Roadrunner is extremely well-adapted to our fair desert. Although the eyes are 'on the side', they can focus in well in front, giving the roadrunner the needed field of vision* [*scroll down to the predator/prey charts] to catch prey - like snakes, lizards, small birds, rodents. Great camouflage, too! 

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