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Doing the Deed

By UrbanAnthropod, March 13, 2011 9:38 pm

It’s that time of year! Love is in the air. We were all a little disheartened when we learned that Lola had disappeared. But things looked up when Ginger, the dark female, started interacting with Pale Male. Then she went away and this new pale lady hawk arrived. Pale Male’s nest had been unproductive for a few years now and he’s getting on in his years. This new lady hawk brings a lot of promise. Everyone’s been anticipating pro-creative activities and it may have been a little slow to set in. But these guys have been busy! I arrived on Saturday to reports that the pair had been copulating at least 6 times already. I watched as the two hawks sat on completely different buildings and ignored each other. Time passed… Then more time passed… I decided I’d walk over to 79th to get a closer view of Pale Male who was on top of an antenna. She was on the Carlyle and was too difficult for me to shoot no matter how close I got to the hotel. As I got closer, Pale Male decided to take off and head to the nest. Frustrated, I returned to the hawk bench to watch. Again, he took off and nothing happened. More time passed. And yet more!

Pale Male finally headed over to the Carlyle Hotel and landed on a different lighting fixture. He did a flyby just to get the lady’s attention before setting done. A few more minutes and he made his move over to her lighting fixture. he acted like she had a landing strip painted on her backside since he didn’t even go set down next to her before mounting her.

Pale Male comes in for a landing

Then he got to work and copulated.

Pale Male in action

I swear that the session didn’t even last 2 seconds. He was on her and then he was off her. He sat next to the right of her and they sat around for a little bit. Back to ignoring each other as if they were an old married couple. Maybe the were even a little disgusted by themselves! I jest. The anthropomorphizing just makes it more amusing.
Like an old married couple

In the end, hope is alive. They’re doing their work. We all hope for a nice clutch this year. Random passersby inquired about the couple. Other locals in the know displayed an exuberance about the pair. Only in this city would you have such a famous hawk who is capable of inspiring all sort s of random people.

The 7th observed of the day:

Action!

**Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Sigma 150-500mm lens stabilized by a Induro AT-014 Tripod

**More Raptors in New York City can be seen at Flickr.

Geo

Conservatory Water — The model boat pond in Central Park

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