I saw this Redtail Hawk fly from half-way across the park in a high tree branch to the center of the Oval Garden and catch this large rat.
This is about a tenth of a second before the hawk took off to eat its prey on a branch of a nearby elm.
I was on my roof before the rain this weekend and I saw a pigeon sized bird on top of a nearby ginkgo tree. With my unaided eye I could only see that it had unusual color and even looking through the view finder it was hard to tell what it was. I was surprised that it was such a beautiful, unusual bird when I was able to view it on my computer screen.
Young Red Tail Hawk, a male, I know that because of its small size, the females are larger. It was on a low branch right on Avenue A and patiently posed for all photographs. It must have been well fed, as it ignored oblivious pigeons on the ground beneath.
A new red tail hawk in Tompkins Square Park, additional to the two first-year hawks that overwintered here. This is either mating behavior or just plain hostility. I was standing next to bird watcher Dennis Edge, learning tidbits like: the female hawks are larger and the younger hawks don’t have red tails. Sorry about the crappy resolution here, I had to digitally zoom on the footage.
A crowd gathered today in Tompkins Square Park to watch this young hawk feed on a rat. A squirrel seemed to want to test his limits with this bird of prey. A young kid expresses his view that he doesn’t want to leave to go to the dog run, as he can see dogs anytime but this is different.