About two weeks before they leave the nest, mama is out hunting and three chicks are alone in the nest. The Annual Puke Island punk rock festival is going on below in the park. The chicks spread their wings and mosh to the music.
Christo, Dora and the Red-Tailed Hawk chicks continue their life over Tompkins Square Park.
Christ, Dora and the Red-Tailed Hawk chicks continue their life over Tompkins Square Park.
I set up my light weight tripod on Avenue B and pointed my camera at the nest. For the first hour nothing happened, but then the hawks woke up. The kids stretch their wings, projectile poop out the nest onto 9th Street and Dad (Christo) bring Mom (Dora) a rat dinner. It should only get more exciting in the nest over the next 3 weeks as they grow and strengthen their wings getting ready to fledge.
Dora on the left and Chris on the right. I can only tell because the female Red Tail Hawks are larger than the males. Her plumage is a bit darker on her belly, which may aid in identifying her when Chris is not around for a size comparison.
Chris bringing a rat present for Dora. My bird watching friend, Loy, tells me this makes him a good mate. They’ve gotten the name Chris and Dora because they are nesting on the Christadora building on Avenue B, across from Tompkins Square Park.