The highlight of the Club’s next monthly meeting will be a presentation by Mike Ford on his experiences in the United States during April, May and part of June this year. The title of his talk is “Banding in Canyon Land”.
One of the exciting birds that Mike saw there, was the legendary Roadrunner, which is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes and its preference for scooting across the American deserts, as popularized in Warner Bros. cartoons.
According to the “Desert USA” website, the roadrunner is a large, black-and-white, mottled ground bird with a distinctive head crest. It has strong feet, a long, white-tipped tail and an oversized bill.
It ranges in length from 50 to 60 cm from the tip of its tail to the end of its beak. It is a member of the Cuckoo family (Cuculidae), characterized by feet with 2 forward toes and 2 behind.
According to Wikipedia the two characters Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as “The Coyote”) and The Road Runner are opponents in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.
In the cartoons, Coyote repeatedly attempts to catch and subsequently eat the Road Runner, but is never successful. Coyote, instead of his species’ animal instincts, uses absurdly complex contraptions and elaborate plans to pursue his prey, which always comically backfire with Wile normally getting injured by the slapstick humor.
The characters were created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Bros.
The meeting, in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall on Wednesday 17 August, begins at 18:00. Wine will be available before the meeting. It will not be sold, but donations are welcome to cover costs.