Unexpected Central Park red-tailed hawk sighting - December 13, 2011

I work within walking distance of Central Park but rarely get to visit it during the day because of my heavy work load and long hours. Today I decided to take a walk in the park after lunch and enjoy the fresh air and whatever nature I could photograph. 

I only had my small lens with me to take close-up shots of the ducks, mallards, and other birds or wildlife I anticipated coming across.

On my way out of the park I noticed the all-too-familiar circling of a red-tailed hawk in the sky.










To my delight, it flew over my head for a couple of seconds:







Corner of the Solow building at 9 West 57th Street on the right:


Flying north along 5th Avenue:









Yes, the hawk is in this photograph:


Because of my limited lens, I only noticed that it was landing on a building top...


...and was not aware that its presumed mate was sitting on the tile roof top until I saw it while looking through the day's photos at home.






The last 24 hours have brought me the most hawk sightings ever: Bobby, Violet, Evie, and these two hawks.