Monday, January 28, 2013

Because this never gets old

I can't get enough of the Tompkins Square Park hawks.  Chasing them around has become one of my favorite pastimes and, this last weekend, I finally got to see one of them up close when it sat on a fence and stared into my soul...

Tompkins Square Park
Check out those talons!

The hawk spent a lot of time on the ground, digging around, looking for prey under the shrubs.  Its feathers blend in beautifully with the foliage and snow.

Tompkins Square Park

Here's a little video of the hawk going after something on the ground.  As always, apologies for the camerawork.  Some day, I'll get it right...



See more photos here.

Previously.

11 comments:

  1. one more foldedsunsetJanuary 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Fabulous, especially that first photograph. I worked with a falconer one summer - my best job ever. I recommend The Goshawk, by T.H.White (Sword in the Stone) - wild, wild souls!

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  2. Sweet, I love that first, stare into your soul, pic.

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  3. That top shot is fabulous... I like the video too!

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  4. A half second later, he flew directly at my face. All I saw was that beak headed for my eye...

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  5. There is a segment of the video where it's obvious I can't see the bird and he almost slips out of frame. Sigh...

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  6. Love the first photo, it's hypnotizing!

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  7. This bird is the Norma Desmond of hawks - ready for his/her/its close-up!

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