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Still waiting on eggs

By UrbanAnthropod, March 30, 2011 10:00 am

After the drama surrounding Pale Male’s numerous formels, we’re just hoping that someone would lay and egg. When Pale Male arrived to the city and set up in the par, he was a sign of positivity. The return of this level of nature provided an exuberance to the city. People continuously ask us who we’re shooting or watching when we’re out there. Some know it’s that famous hawk while others display a disbelief that wildlife could exist in the center of all this asphalt.

I went to the nest this afternoon. It was a weekday and the feeling was completely different. Normally, I’d go to Conservatory Water on a weekend and people would be actively enjoying the park. On a weekday, the only ones around are the guys on the hawk bench and a few meanderers.This afternoon was a little frustrating because I had to compete with some presidential appearance in the city. 5th Avenue was partially blocked off. This wasn’t a huge issue but certain portions of the park along 5th were also closed off to pedestrians. I had to make a long loop behind the Met in order to get down to the boat pond.

When I finally arrived, Pale Male and Ginger were in the sky near the nest. Things looked promising, but it got really slow. They were in that mode where they’d ignore each other and stand on buildings far apart from each other. Eventually, Ginger disappeared to the north. When she returned, her crop was clearly engorged from a meal. Pale Male grabbed a pigeon he had stocked in the nest and carried it over to her and called to her. Clearly not in the mood for *more* food, he flew off and started nibbling on the squab himself before dropping it back in the nest.

Pale Male over the nest

The hawks went out of view for a good while. They would eventually reappear and copulate.

Eyes on the prize
Pale Male glides over to mount Ginger
Copulation

Ginger gave me a great display as she decided to slowly hover and descend onto the nest

Ginger hovers over the nest
Slow descent
Ginger floats to the nest

Hawk watching ended after some more copulating. Pale Male went back to the nest, grabbed the squab and descended north into the park. Guess he was taking his snack to bed with him. I unsuccessfully looked for his roosting spot as I headed home and the light completely faded.

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