Central Park birding at The Pond - August 28th, 2012

Resident Black-crowned Night Heron in a tree over the water's edge:


Slowly moving from branch to branch:









Female Mallard:


Separating the mud from the water:




Juvenile male Mallard:




Young Starlings:



The Black-crowned Night Heron inched closer to the branch's tip and watched for a pond Redbreasted Sunfish (a fish I'd seen the Night Heron catch before):



Oh sure, now you show up!:


I had been looking up at the corner of The Plaza where the southeastern Red-tailed Hawk usually perches. I was standing at the 59th Street intersection by the park waiting for the light to change. I saw nothing until there was a flurry of wings and feathers as the Hawk appeared, flying off the building and over the park. I was only able to whip off a couple of decent photos of the bird before it disappeared over the tree tops.