Monday, August 17, 2015

Molt season

East Village hawks Christo and Dora are currently molting, making them look kind of ratty.

Dora began losing her feathers in late July, same time as last year.  Christo started later, in early August.  They both look pretty rough around the edges.  Over the weekend, I counted six and a half tail feathers on Dora (she should have twelve), and tonight I counted seven on Christo.  Dora resembles a tattered Halloween decoration when she flies.

Dora:
Molting Dora

Molting Dora

Christo's head is ruffled and his face looks almost elderly.

Old man Christo:
Molty Christo

His coloring has become very light.

Molty Christo

Molty Christo

But this is normal. Soon, they will have fresh suits of beautiful feathers in time for winter.

Molty Christo

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