A Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) rouses her feathers so she can preen and re-align each one into its proper place. Feather maintenance is absolutely critical for birds.
Behind the lens.
As a ground-dwelling cuckoo, the Roadrunner is the bird symbol of the American southwest. I still remember chasing these guys around as a small boy growing up in Texas. They never needed to fly to leave me in the dust.
Greater RoadrunnerbirdsouthwestJohn Ashley