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Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: June 11, 2020 09:46PM
I hadn’t walked down through Tompkins Sq. Park for ages, but decided to cut through there yesterday to walk downtown on Ave. A and Essex. There were very few people in the park. I saw a guy looking up into a tree, and looked to see what was holding his interest. And one of the resident hawks was up there.







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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 11, 2020 09:52PM
Nice
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 11, 2020 10:17PM
....and Dpve....???



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: June 12, 2020 01:39AM
Nice! Those talons....
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: June 12, 2020 06:22AM
That’s one massive pigeon.
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Posted by: pdq
Date: June 12, 2020 08:21AM
Yikes!

Nice pix...
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: d4
Date: June 12, 2020 09:15AM
It eats German Shepherds for snacks.



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: Mactel
Date: June 12, 2020 10:05AM
How was the squirrel population doing in that park?
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 12, 2020 10:34AM
It's amazing how much wildlife had taken hold in the city once we vacated. It would not take long if we were permanently gone!
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: June 12, 2020 11:08AM
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Mactel
How was the squirrel population doing in that park?

There are plenty of them. I saw one stare down a hawk once in that park. They were both atop a chain link fence around one of the courts. The hawk gave up and flew off.



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: June 12, 2020 11:12AM
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Lots of drama with the park hawks.



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 12, 2020 11:46AM

more hawk=less pigeon
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 12, 2020 12:45PM
Many years ago (when the body still worked), I was playing golf on an easy/flat course next to a bunch of more rigorous terrained parkland. The hawks usually left that golf course alone, so it got the major share of the local crow population, while predators hunted the adjacent fertile pickings of the parkland full of rodents and other tasty critters.

Well, a hawk decided it wanted an easy meal that day, and dive-bombed a tree with several sitting crows in it. As soon as the hawk made its move, ALL the crows around the golf course started squawking and flying away from their trees. Before you knew it, there were hundreds, if not over a thousand crows circling in the sky. The hawk came up empty on his/her first run, and by the time (s)he made it back up in the air, it was a scene not even Hitchcock could've dreamed up.

The sound was deafening, and the crows were then circling the hawk ever faster. Is was if they knew one of 'em was gonna be lunch, and they wanted to terrorize the hawk before it made its dining selection. Eventually the hawk took aim, and as soon as the hawk made its move, the mass of black birds ramped up the decibels even more, and randomized their flight patterns.

After some impressive aerobatics, the hawk was able to snatch its lunch choice out of the air, and ride it down to earth while holding its catch in its talons, landing only about 15 feet from me. Some WWE wresting ensued, and when the hawk had its prey turned over in good eatin' position, it damn near bit the black bird's head off, at which point ye olde crow pretty much stopped fighting. The hawk then proceeded to surgically dismantle its lunch in one of the most vile, disgusting displays of carnivorous consumption I've ever had the pleasure to witness that close up.

Once their former flock mate had been procured by the hawk, the frenzied squawking and flying subsided, with a noticeable winding down of whatever they had been communicating. The crows slowly glided back down to the trees and earth, but this time they gave the hawk close to 300 feet of unfettered open space in which to enjoy its fine dining on their fallen comrade.

Can't not dredge up that indelible memory every time I see a hawk in a park.
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 12, 2020 01:05PM
....walk.....on the wild side.....??



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 12, 2020 01:41PM
Lovely photo of an annoyed raptor. We've seen one hunting at our bird feeders, but fortunately I set them right next to a lilac bush, so the little sparrows and finches and whatnot have plenty of fast cover to get into.
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Posted by: vision63
Date: June 12, 2020 02:18PM
She's a beauty!
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: June 12, 2020 03:10PM
Nice shots ka!



And that was such a bizarre experience Buzz...



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: June 12, 2020 05:46PM
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The hawks have hawklets who are learning to fly!



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: June 13, 2020 12:28AM
Great shots!



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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 13, 2020 06:09PM
Buzz, that is some story. For a second, I thought there was going to be a turnabout from prey to predator.
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Re: Walked through a local park yesterday and…
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 13, 2020 06:40PM
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Buzz, that is some story. For a second, I thought there was going to be a turnabout from prey to predator.

I was hoping the hawk was gonna mosey over to the parkland and grab a rat, or a squirrel, or a possum, or tasty rodent, or at least leave the black birds alone... and I never did figure out why the hawk glided to earth next to me, instead of further away from all the golfers. Could it've smelled my pet parrot (Nanday Conure) from that far away?
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Posted by: mrlynn
Date: June 14, 2020 10:21AM
Great shots! What camera/lens?

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