Oh, Rapture! Seven Raptors!

Between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14, I was able to photograph seven different raptors in Central Park. I was able to see at least three more, flying above, that I wasn't able to photograph. On Nov. 10, I saw two Cooper's hawks, two first-year red-tailed hawks, and one adult red-tailed hawk flying (probably one of the Sheep Meadow hawks). Nov. 11, I filmed a first-year red-tailed hawk perched over Literary Walk, and Nov. 12 and 13 I filmed a young adult red-tailed hawk near Bethesda Fountain and the Bandshell (on Nov. 13, I also saw Octavia, Pale Male's mate, on a building on Fifth Avenue, but wasn't able to get a good photo or video; I also saw two adult hawks flying over the Mall, probably the Sheep Meadow couple). Nov. 14, I was fortunate enough to watch Pale Male eat a rat behind the Met Museum. 

  First-year red-tailed hawk over the Mall, Nov. 10, 2016

First-year red-tailed hawk over the Mall, Nov. 10, 2016

  Cooper's hawk over Strawberry Fields, Nov. 10, 2016

Cooper's hawk over Strawberry Fields, Nov. 10, 2016

  Cooper's hawk near the Boathouse, Nov. 10, 2016

Cooper's hawk near the Boathouse, Nov. 10, 2016

  First-year red-tailed hawk near the Boathouse, Nov. 10, 2016

First-year red-tailed hawk near the Boathouse, Nov. 10, 2016

Artful Dining

I have posted several photos of Pale Male having dinner. On Nov. 14, I filmed him once again, dining on a rat behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  Pale Male, over East Drive across from the obelisk, Nov. 14, 2016

Pale Male, over East Drive across from the obelisk, Nov. 14, 2016

Hawk! Hawk! Hawk! Hawk! Hawk! Hawk!

Nov. 10 was a great day for hawks, with five sightings. Nov. 11, 12 and 13 gave me more sightings, of one of the first-year red-tailed hawks and a young adult red-tailed hawk. Also seen were Octavia on a building across from the Met Museum, and adult hawks flying over the Mall.

On Nov. 13, the young adult red-tailed hawk was eating a pigeon across from the Bandshell. Feathers were flying and the dining was pretty graphic. At one point, two older adult red-tailed hawks were seen flying over the Mall, and the young adult grabbed the pigeon dinner, flew with it near the flagpole, stashed the meal in a tree and flew off, kiering, after the flying adults.