Christ, Dora and the Red-Tailed Hawk chicks continue their life over Tompkins Square Park.
I set up my light weight tripod on Avenue B and pointed my camera at the nest. For the first hour nothing happened, but then the hawks woke up. The kids stretch their wings, projectile poop out the nest onto 9th Street and Dad (Christo) bring Mom (Dora) a rat dinner. It should only get more exciting in the nest over the next 3 weeks as they grow and strengthen their wings getting ready to fledge.
What’s mom looking at? The babies are losing their fluffy white cuteness, but they are still somewhat adorable, and it’s really cool that we are able to see them popping up in their shallow nest from seven floors down. For the best coverage from the ground go to Laura Goggin’s Hawk coverage on the GogBlog.
Looking me right in the eye. I wonder if those eyes are spotting future prey already?
There are three chicks. Here’s a video from Francois Portman who switches on the video for the GoPro nestcam with a remote from the street.
The latest nest photos and videos are available here: fotoportmann.com/birds
Jeremy Seto has some great shots of Raptors in NYC
I’ve been scanning Tompkins Square Park for signs of Spring. From a distance (these are on the tops of very tall trees) I first thought that these seedpods were new growth on the scholar trees in the Central Lawn.
But no they appear to be seedpods that overwinter on the branches. If anything eats them it is not apparent. I think the bird is a Starling.
A closer look.
I took one of the seedpods home and dissected it. It was very sticky inside.