Thursday, March 3, 2016

Can't get enough of her love

After a busy day of hunting, eating, mating and nest-building, hawks Dora and Christo rested in a tree as the sun went down.

Dora and Christo
Dora on the left, Christo on the right.

Unable to resist, Christo made his move.

Red-tails Christo & Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Red-tails Christo & Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Afterwards, it was time for more stick gathering.  There seems to be some kind of trigger within the hawks that compels them to cut sticks immediately after mating. 

Dora and Christo at dusk

Dora and Christo at dusk

Christo flew the stick over to the nest (note his full crop - there's half a pigeon in there).

Christo carries a stick to the nest

Christo carries a stick to the nest

About five minutes later, he returned to Dora for another round of bonking.

Christo and Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Christo and Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Christo and Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Christo and Dora mating in Tompkins Square

Finally, the shadows crept up the branches and it was time to roost.

Dora and Christo

See more recent Christo and Dora photos here.