The winner of the 2013 Roadrunner Photo Contest is Judie Ashford of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Judie is an avid RV'er who also writes an impressive blog of her adventures in her Lazy Daze motorhome. Judie's winning entry shows a young Roadrunner, who she named Lazarus, perched on a fence with a small lizard in its beak. According to Judie, the picture was taken in her backyard. The camera she used to take the winning shot was a Lumix FZ200. It's a terrific picture, Judie, thanks for entering it in this year's contest.
According to Judie, Lazarus was thought to be dead after a hawk swooped down on the young bird several days before this picture was taken. Somehow, the youngling escaped the attack and reappeared, hence, the reason for his name, Lazarus. Judie noted in her blog after the young bird reappeared that, "Lazarus is sticking kind of tightly to our yard area. We are assuming that he feels safer here than out in the “back 40″, as nothing bad ever befell him while growing up next to our deck, even if he did have to endure my prying eyes and camera!"
This year's runner-up Roadrunner photograph was taken by Albert Potter of Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Albert is a retired Army warrant officer and RV'er who has traveled throughout the entire lower 48 in the last two years. His Roadrunner photograph was taken at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in southern Texas near dusk. Incredibly, Albert was able to take pictures of two different Roadrunners on the same day at two different locations! Getting one quality photograph of a Roadrunner is quite an accomplishment, but two in the same day? Wow! It looks like Texas is the hot spot for Roadrunner activity. Albert used a Nikon D5000 with a 55-300mm automatic zoom to take this impressive shot. It's a terrific closeup, Albert, thanks for sharing it with us.
The prizes this year are similar to last year. Judie will receive an American Expedition 16oz Roadrunner Stoneware Coffee Mug for her winning entry. For his runner-up entry, Albert will receive a deck of American Expedition Roadrunner playing cards. According to their website, American Expedition celebrates the beauty and magnificence of America's wildlife through illustrations, inspirational sayings, and interesting information artfully composed on their gifts and decor. The prizes are pretty nice with the Roadrunner artwork pretty impressive on each.
Thanks to everyone who sent in photographs in this year's contest. Have your camera ready and be on the lookout to get a picture of this elusive bird for next year's contest. Entries for next year's contest must be in by May 31, 2014.
In case you haven't read it, here's an article I wrote a couple years ago on the Greater Roadrunner.