Monday, May 30, 2016

Bathing beauty

In my last post, Christo the hawk cooled off by soaking in the birdbath in Tompkins Square.  The following day was especially hot and humid, and I lucked out when I caught Dora beating the heat by taking a dip in the gutter of St Brigid's Church.

Dora takes a bath in the gutter

If I hadn't seen her fly up there, I might not have known she was there.  She all but disappeared in the deep gutter and all that could be seen from the street was her head and little water droplets as she splashed around.

Dora takes a bath in the gutter

A quick shake to dry off...

Dora emerges from the bath

...and it was back to the nest to check on the kids.

Dora

Dora

A little later, Christo joined Dora atop the cross at St Brigid's and the pair took in the sunset.

Dora and Christo