Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hitting the slope

Who hasn't ever looked up at the dome of Most Holy Redeemer church on E 3rd Street and thought, I'd love to slide down that!

It seems one of the Avenue A hawk fledglings thought just that this last Sunday.

Hey, look at me!

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

I believe this is Fledgling #2.  On this day, only two of the hawks had fledged the nest and Fledgling #1 was acting much more timid and hadn't been seen flying as high as the church dome.  In contrast, I'd observed Fledgling #2, zooming around the area and soaring high on thermals.  This seems to be the more adventurous of the siblings.

The dome is smooth, without any footholds, and I assume it must have also been pretty hot as it was a sweltering afternoon.  The young hawk discovered these things the hard way.

Playing hot lava...

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

Whoa...slippery slope!

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

Scraaaaaaaaaaaape...

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

On a wing and a prayer...

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

Weeeee!

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

If you're going to have fun on a slide, make it the biggest one in town.

Baby hawk slides around on dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

This went on for a good 15-20 minutes.   The entire time, mom Dora perched atop the cross and kept a watchful eye on her frolicking youngster.

Dora watches fledgling hawk slide around the dome of Most Holy Redeemer church

See more photos on my Flickr page.