Roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) are charismatic and sociable “earth cuckoos,” but are not above casting the old world malocchio (mal = bad, occhio = eye), as pictured in this photo. Although traditionally, the giving of the evil eye is not visible to others, the malice in this roadrunner’s eyes is glowing most luminously. Seriously, the purpose of these post ocular patches is unknown, but an idiom containing “eyes” and “back of head” comes to mind. (Idiom Origin) My supposition is that any enemies, the children AND the spouse are all much more tractable and cooperative under the gaze of the malocchio.
Arizona, U.S. | 1/640 | F5.6 | ISO 500 | 420mm
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