Southeastern Central Park Hawks and Wood Duck - December 27th, 2012

I'm going back a little in time and sharing some photos I took of the two Southeastern Central Park Red-tailed Hawks and the Pond's Wood Duck from Thursday.

One of the Hawks flying in from the north:





It dove into the trees and came up with a twig (perhaps nest material):









The Crown Building's spire on the left (building along 5th Avenue between 56th & 57th Streets):



The Hawk dropped down to where its paltry nest was built last spring:



But the Hawk changed its mind and did not leave the twig there:




The Hawk eventually flew out of sight.

It returned a minute later and landed on an east-facing ledge of The Plaza:





Flying in front of the Solow Building (57th Street between 5th & 6th Aves):














The Hawk settled onto its perch so I went looking for the Wood Duck I'd been seeing every day lately. It was swimming along with some of the resident Mallards:












The Hawk on The Plaza was gone.

I saw what was probably the same Hawk soaring nearby (past the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and GM Building along 5th):




It returned and landed on The Plaza:



Off again:





The Hawk still had the dot mark on one of its tail feathers so perhaps the feature is a permanent marking after all:















It noticed its partner flying toward it from the north:










The first Hawk would lunge at times, as if ready to hop off its perch and at the flying flock of pigeons below:






Unfortunately, I had to head back to work but it couldn't have been better timing since the Hawks were seemingly relaxed in place for a bit.