Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Christo & Dora edition

As summer is officially over, I've been doing a fall-cleaning of my photos from this last hawk season in Tompkins Square.  I came across several of Christo and Dora that I never posted as I was distracted by the antics of the baby hawks at the time.  So, here are a few I never got around to looking at until now.

This is Dora stretching on the cross of St Brigid's on Avenue B and 8th Street.

Dora

Christo flies in to join her.

Christo & Dora

Note how the color of his head is golden brown.  Dora has a darker head.

Christo & Dora

At this time, the three kids were still in the nest, so dad was probably headed back to them when he took off from the cross.

Dora & Christo

Christo hunting in the park:

Christo

Soaring Dora:

Dora

Taking another break on the cross, Christo is on the left and Dora is on the right.

Christo & Dora

Christo & Dora

Christo & Dora

Christo late in the evening:

Christo

Dora never gets very close to people in the park, so the photo below is about as close to her as I'm ever able to get.  She prefers to stay high in the trees, on top of buildings, fire escapes and church crosses.  If you see a hawk in the park perched low on a fence, the flagpole or chilling out in the birdbath, it's likely to be Christo.

Dora

Here she is on the roof of St Brigid's being mobbed by an angry mockingbird.

Dora mobbed by a mockingbird

Meanwhile, Christo gets harassed on his throne by a blue jay.

Christo harassed by a blue jay

Christo giving a pigeon a heart attack:

Christo the hawk tailgating a pigeon 

The pigeon was fine, but I'm sure it went home with a harrowing tale to tell.