Saturday, January 23, 2016

Christo in the snow

A little blizzard can't keep our red-tailed Christo down!

I found him today in Tompkins Square, his face covered in ice, but alive and well.  It wasn't that cold out, and he seemed only to be irritated by the wind.

Christo during a blizzard

He has a third eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, that helps protect against things like blowing ice shards.  You can see it covering his eye in the photo below.  It looks like a cataract.

Christo during a blizzard

At times, though, the wind was just too much and he had to close his eyes.  I had to do that, too.

Christo during a blizzard

Christo appeared to be hunting, but I couldn't stick around to find out. 

Christo during a blizzard

You can get an idea of the weather conditions in the videos below.

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