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Chopped

By UrbanAnthropod, April 11, 2011 6:22 pm

Fifth Avenue Hawks

This Saturday, I made my way over to Conservatory Water to watch the 5th Avenue hawks. I got there about 1 P.M. and things were quiet. There was little action visible from the Model Boat Pond, so i walked north a bit to see if I could find them off in the west. As I got past Alice in Wonderland, Pale Male flew low overhead and headed towards one of the buildings. He perched on some chimneys and was obviously carrying something.


Pale Male calls for his mate

He fiddled with a rat in his talons as he called out for his mate. Ginger/Lima arrived and he took off to let her eat her share.
Ginger/Lima with a rat
After the meal, they both disappeared for a while. We decided to head towards the west side where we found them roosting on the southeast side of the Beresford Apartments.

Riverside Park Hawks

The 5th Ave pair headed back to the East Side so we continued on to Riverside Park. The eggs were about due to hatch. We arrived and observed the female sitting high. There were no chicks though.


Following a short, boring stint, the male returned to drop off a rat and took off. This was disturbing since the parks department had signs by the Boat Basin Cafe dumpster indicating that the rat burrows were baited with poison. This might be disastrous for the eggs in the nest.

Washington Square Park

We headed down to Washington Square Park to visit the hawks nesting outside the office of the NYU president. For those not in the know, check out the hawk cam at New York Times Cityroom Blog. The female is completely out of view and we discovered that the hawk cam has about 2 minutes lag from real life. We found the male, Bobby, perched atop a flag pole. this made for a rather jingoistic shot.

Jingoist?

As I stood there watching Bobby not do a thing, Ted Allen of Chopped/Queer Eye/Top Chef, approached me to inquire what I was shooting. When I told him “the male hawk”, he pointed to the window where the nest was to correct me. Then I showed him the male and he remarked how cool it was before disappearing. It turned out to be a really busy day. And while it didn’t seem eventful, visiting multiple sites made it more interesting.
**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.

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