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Weekend Wrap-up

By UrbanAnthropod, April 4, 2011 10:01 pm


This weekend, I paid a visit to the 5th Avenue nest and was greeted with a lot of nothing. Pale Male and Ginger/Lima were both very absent. They’d make an occasional pass but noone was working the nest. Late afternoon on Saturday, I noticed Pale Male go low and Ginger took to the nest. A passerby had reported that a hawk was feeding close to the ground so I took my gear over northwest of Alice in Wonderland and found a small crowd along the path. Sure enough Pale Male was working on a pigeon. I was able to get some of the video above. He took off and went to the nest to drop off the meal and she left soon after to a tree near where he was feeding. This just meant I had to walk back over to the area just south west of Cedar Hill. It didn’t take long before Pale Male returned and grabbed the pigeon and began working on it on a low branch again.

Tearing it up
Ripping into squab
Watching the watchers
Digging in

Ginger sat in a nearby tree and watched him eat.

Lima in a tree

Unfortunately, Sunday was not as exciting. The long period of inactivity was followed by more inactivity. The most exciting event was when Pale Male was high and soaring steadily past the Carlyle when he folded his wings, made a sharp turn and dove to the other side of the boat pond in a failed hunting run at a group of pigeons. It was a graceful display of his agility and control that had us cheering despite the failure. He ended up on our end of the pond and perched on a pine.

Pine Perched Pale

Somewhere in there, we saw the third intruder hawk again. There wasn’t an active chase going on. The 2 hawks seemed quite tolerant of it’s presence.

Ginger came close to our end of the pond and I was able to get a decent shot of her in flight.

Lima/Ginger over Conservatory Water

Finally, how could we call it a day without some strange fetish copulation? Almost like prison sex with the barbed wire….

**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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