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.
The bird watchers in Tompkins Square Park have nicknamed this female hawk The Dominatrix because of her power. Dennis Edge said that it was definitely her as he recognized her especially dark face and other marking, and her mannerisms and familiarity with the park.
Red Tail for sure.
She flew from place to place in the park with her prize, followed by a flock of my fellow hawkarazzi. But each spot she chose was an ideal photo opportunity. She knows how to please her fans.
She caught this pigeon on a tree branch, which is quite unusual and shows her skill. Red Tails usually catch their prey diving at it on the ground.