Tuesday, May 21, 2024

2024 Dance Parade

Another year, another fantastic Dance Parade in the East Village!

We set up on St Mark's Place this last Saturday to take in the spectacle and enjoyed every minute. Below are some highlights, including a video. Many more photos can be seen on my Flickr page, which is linked at the end of the post. 

Smiles all around!

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

2024 Dance Parade

Here is a video of one of the groups doing their routine. I especially love the spectator who joins in around the 2:00 mark.

See many more photos from the 2024 Dance Parade on my Flickr page

Previously:  


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

This week in Tompkins Square hawk chicks

The Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk chicks are growing up fast, morphing from fuzzy white nestlings into little adolescents. They still have downy heads and bodies, but their dark flight feathers are growing in on their wings.

This photo was taken Monday, May 13, while mom Amelia was in the nest.

Amelia and her three chicks.

Just a reminder that all my photos are taken from a long distance away, with a telephoto lens, and are heavily cropped.

Seeing the chick above with the dark wings, it's hard to believe this is how they looked just a week ago on May 6.  Check out the huge crop on this guy - it's as big as his/her head!  Dad Christo is feeding them well.

Tompkins Square hawk chick.

Showing some pin feathers on the wings:

Tompkins Square hawk chick.

Showing some pin feathers.

And the beginning of some tail feathers:

Feather development on hawk chick.

Tompkins Square hawk chick.

Tompkins Square hawk chicks.

Tompkins Square hawk chicks.

Tompkins Square hawk chick.

Amelia and her kids.

Amelia preens one of her little ones.

Tompkins Square hawk chicks.

A little sibling rivalry going on as one chick bites at another:

Tompkins Square hawk chicks.

These photos were taken three days later on May 9.

Chonky chick! 

Chonky chick!

Tompkins Square hawk chick.

I love them at this age when they look so soft and blobby.

Hawk chick stretching its wings.

Showing some pin feathers.

Tompkins Square hawk chicks.

The chicks will quickly change going forward, growing taller and losing their white fuzzy down and developing brown body and head feathers. So far, the whole family looks healthy and content.