red-tailed hawks

Winter Red-Tails

Chasing red-tailed hawks has been tremendous fun so far in 2018, since the trees are bare and the hawks are easier to spot. The newest video series featuring the hawks is called Winter Red-Tails, and so far four videos have been created to celebrate these raptors. (It was also fun chasing them in December, which you can see in Ho! Ho! Hawks!!!)

Juvenile red-tailed hawk, Central Park, January 17

Juvenile red-tailed hawk, Central Park, January 17

The four videos cover January 18 through February 21, 2018, and were taken in Central Park, at Stateline Lookout, on Staten Island and near the Harlem Piers. Some contain graphic hawk dining, so be prepared.

These are some of the photos taken during the days spent chasing the hawks. For more, visit the Red-Tailed Hawks page, as well as the Red-Tailed Hawks: Fred and Ginger page.

Juvenile red-tailed hawk, Stateline Lookout, January 18

Juvenile red-tailed hawk, Stateline Lookout, January 18

Juvenile red-tailed hawk, Cherry Hill, Central Park, January 20

Juvenile red-tailed hawk, Cherry Hill, Central Park, January 20

Juvenile red-tailed hawk with pigeon, near Falconer statue, February 1

Juvenile red-tailed hawk with pigeon, near Falconer statue, February 1

Fred (left) and Ginger (right), Central Park, February 21

Fred (left) and Ginger (right), Central Park, February 21

Ginger, February 21

Ginger, February 21

Fred, February 20

Fred, February 20

Juvenile red-tailed hawk in rain, Cherry Hill, February 16

Juvenile red-tailed hawk in rain, Cherry Hill, February 16

Adult visiting red-tail near Reservoir, February 18

Adult visiting red-tail near Reservoir, February 18

The Divine Trio, Part 2

The three little red-tailed hawk fledglings at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine were very active in the Close on July 16, 18 and 19. The kids have pretty much left the cathedral grounds now, and I haven't seen them for a while. I think they are now hanging out in Morningside Park, and I've always had trouble finding them there. But I did get a lot of nice photos and video in mid-July, and here I offer Part 2 of the Saint John series.

One of the three Saint John the Divine fledglings, July 19, trying to keep cool.

One of the three Saint John the Divine fledglings, July 19, trying to keep cool.

The video is fairly short, but full of some nice shots of the youngsters in trees, on roofs and bouncing a hot butt in a puddle near the guard station in the Close.

This first group of photos shows the kids on July 16. The second photo does not show an alien invasion, but rather a kid with one of the multiple eyelids that hawks have to protect their delicate eyes.

These two shots were taken July 18, when a baby was seen on one of the chimneys on the Cathedral School, while Mama Madeleine sat on a nearby building railing.

This last grouping is from July 19. Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of the fledgling's butt bounce, but you will certainly get a good view in the video.

Two Hawks, One Pigeon

In Part 5 of The Grant's Tomb Fledglings, shot on June 28, you'll get to see the three young red-tailed hawks between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. First, the youngsters explore and cry and try to figure out the hunting thing they are expected to learn. One kid pounces on a napkin and, after carrying it to the top of a park bench, begins to "pluck" it. The napkin didn't stand a chance. Then one youngsters grabs a pigeon brought in by Mrs. Grant (also called Claremont), takes it to a tree, drops it, eats on the ground, then tries to protect the meal when a hungry sibling shows up to eat.

Two kids and one meal, right before grand theft pigeon.

Two kids and one meal, right before grand theft pigeon.

The great hunter with the napkin prey.

The great hunter with the napkin prey.

You'll find Part 5 below. If you want to get to the sibling rivalry action without watching the beautiful babies pose, preen and hunt napkins, skip to minute 25 or thereabouts. You'll see one youngster with the pigeon meal dine on the ground until a sibling comes in, studies the situation, then grabs what remains.

All photos below show the young hawks on June 28 near Claremont Playground.