Thursday, April 19, 2018

Christo and Amelia highlights from this week

There's no real update on the Tompkins Square hawks this week other than to say Christo and Amelia are still working on the nest, mating and hanging out together.  As of today, there are still no signs of eggs.

This is Amelia, chilling in the last light of the day on Wednesday.

Amelia

Christo, performing a fly-by.

Christo performs a fly-by

Christo shows off his powerful legs...

He's got legs, and he knows how to use them

...which he uses to catch prey like this pigeon.

Christo with prey

And this rat.

Christo with a rat

Wednesday evening, Christo caught four rats in a row, which he took back to Amelia who waited on a branch near the Krishna Tree.  Below, Christo is on the left, Amelia is on the right, and a rat is in the middle.

Are you going to eat that?

Are you going to eat that?

Amelia takes the rat.

Amelia takes a rat gift from Christo

She ate it, but discarded the stomach.  The hawks don't eat this part and they will kick it over the side of the perch - one reason never to stand beneath them while they eat.

Rat stomach

The NYPD later parked their cruiser right on top of the stomach.

Christo (below, right) finishes off the last rat drumstick.

Christo offers Amelia a leg-o-rat

Dinner over, sexy time!

Christo and Amelia mating

Christo and Amelia mating

Amelia gazes up at Christo atop the cross at St Nicholas of Myra on Avenue A and 10th Street.

Isn't he just dreamy?

Amelia and Christo


You can see more recent photos of the hawks on my Flickr page.