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Nesting at the Cathedral

By UrbanAnthropod, February 22, 2011 11:21 pm

Yesterday was President’s Day and we were presented with a random snow storm. The gloom gave way to a super sunny day. I took a long lunch and walked over to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Overlooking the Park, I routinely see Norman and Isolde at work. Occasionally, I can spot their courtship flights! I got my start with hawk watching at their nest and I hadn’t seen them up close in a while. As I walked through the north woods, I could spot them overhead. The sun actually got a little too intense and I began to overheat as I neared the Cathedral from Morningside Park. I started to think that the light was too bright. Given that it was just past noon, this was true. But it was still winter, so I banked on the lighting to be more pleasant. As I walked up the steps to Morningside Drive, I encountered numerous bags in trees from the gusty weekend. I grew dejected by the shooting conditions and the many false positives (tree bags). I walked past the Cathedral and I didn’t even look at it. But out of the corner of my eye, I saw something glide over to St. Luke’s. It was Norman!

The hawks were in full nesting mode. Norman was carrying some branches and the pair were often found near each other.

Norman tends to the nest

Norman collects twigs for the nest

Norman exits the nest

Norman in flies to the cathedral

What a difference a day makes

Some scenes from yesterday.


Cold Feet
I spotted Pearl (Pale Beauty) on my way into the office. It just stopped snowing and I noticed a piece of tree not covered by snow. Turns out it was her!

Preening
After work, I found this juvenile nearby the office.

Owl-y
I spotted Pale Male on the way home. He was checking out the joggers in the park. But did an owl impression as I exited the park.

**Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Sigma 150-500mm lens stabilized by a Manfrotto 190CX3Tripod

Geo

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