Monday, January 28, 2013

Because this never gets old

I can't get enough of the Tompkins Square Park hawks.  Chasing them around has become one of my favorite pastimes and, this last weekend, I finally got to see one of them up close when it sat on a fence and stared into my soul...

Tompkins Square Park
Check out those talons!

The hawk spent a lot of time on the ground, digging around, looking for prey under the shrubs.  Its feathers blend in beautifully with the foliage and snow.

Tompkins Square Park

Here's a little video of the hawk going after something on the ground.  As always, apologies for the camerawork.  Some day, I'll get it right...



See more photos here.

Previously.

11 comments:

one more foldedsunset said...

Fabulous, especially that first photograph. I worked with a falconer one summer - my best job ever. I recommend The Goshawk, by T.H.White (Sword in the Stone) - wild, wild souls!

Michael Natale said...

Sweet, I love that first, stare into your soul, pic.

EV Grieve said...

That top shot is fabulous... I like the video too!

Goggla said...

Thanks, I'll check that out!

Goggla said...

A half second later, he flew directly at my face. All I saw was that beak headed for my eye...

Goggla said...

There is a segment of the video where it's obvious I can't see the bird and he almost slips out of frame. Sigh...

Hekky Catz said...

Wonderful!

marty wombacher said...

Love the first photo, it's hypnotizing!

Goggla said...

Thank you, Hekky!

Goggla said...

This bird is the Norma Desmond of hawks - ready for his/her/its close-up!

marty wombacher said...

Ha ha ha!