Thursday, September 12, 2019

Evening play time for Lower East Side hawk

One of the young red-tailed hawks featured in the previous post put on a playful show on a recent evening in East River Park.

Just as the sun was setting, I happened to spot the hawk high in a tree. I believe it is the larger of the two who performed the earlier sky dance, but I didn't see the second hawk to make a comparison.

Immature red-tail

Immature red-tail

Immature red-tail

After the sun slipped behind buildings, the hawk flew to a pile of bark chips.

Immature red-tail

It ignored all the people in the area, and I thought it might be looking for rats.

Immature red-tail

Immature red-tail

Attacking the mulch pile

Attacking the mulch pile

Instead, the hawk pounced on a chunk of wood and proceeded to play with it.

Red-tail playing with a bark chip

We've seen this many times before with young fledglings learning to catch prey.

Red-tail playing with a bark chip

Red-tail playing with a bark chip

Red-tail playing with a bark chip

After about 20 minutes of rousing stick play, the hawk settled down on an antenna with One World Trade in the background.

Red-tail and 1 World Trade

Dedicated to my father.

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