Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Mating Ritual Example?

On a walk a few minutes ago, I witnessed a mating ritual which I thought to be interesting.

On a concrete bike path along the edge of the neighboring golf course, I came upon a pair of roadrunners mating. He was holding a lizard in his beak and straddling her, but neither was moving.

After a few seconds, with much flurry of feathers, the mating process ensued. It only lasted for 10 or 15 seconds, then another flurry of feathers for smoothing purposes.

Before he stepped away, she became possessed of the lizard.

He merely stood for another 5 seconds or so then walked away into some nearby bushes.

She stayed in her position for about the same time, then rose, looked at me for a brief moment, and then sauntered away into a different bushy area, with that insouciance only available to roadrunners holding nice, juicy lizard in their beaks.

Who knew? All it takes is a lizard?

Wonder what DeBeers thinks of that.

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1 comment:

  1. It probably takes a bit more than that, but the lizard was a good conversation starter.

    Beep, beep!