Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sexy time in Tompkins Square

Christo and Dora put on quite a sexy show this last weekend in Tompkins Square.  They mated every so often and continued to work on their nest.  Some highlights below.

Christo gets ready to pounce...

Christo prepares to pounce on Dora

Christo's talons appear to be stabbing Dora in the back, but a fellow hawk-watcher informed me that he curls his toes so she doesn't get hurt.  All the wing-flapping is not so much showing off as it is trying to maintain balance.

Christo & Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Christo & Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Dora looks really thrilled.

Hawks mating in Tompkins Square

Hawks mating in Tompkins Square

Note how Christo's tail is swung way out to the side.

Hawks mating in Tompkins Square

His curled talons are visible here.

Christo & Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Christo & Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Christo and Dora

You can see that Dora (on the right in both photos) is developing a brood patch – that dent on her chest – in preparation for sitting on eggs.

Christo and Dora

Here is some video of Christo and Dora mating, which was unfortunately shot on a dark cloudy day, but you can at least hear the sound (Christo shrieking) and see how long it takes.  Spoiler: 6 whole seconds!




Urban Hawks also has some photos and video of Christo and Dora from this last weekend here and here.

See many more Christo and Dora mating photos here.