Bobby's rat in the shade - September 18th, 2013

I watched Bobby and Rosie in one of the shadiest parts of Washington Square Park for about an hour and a half today. 

I saw Rosie about half an hour after I had arrived:



Bobby then appeared, flying to a much higher tree branch than hers but in the same area:




Rosie dropped down to low foliage: 


She didn't catch anything.

She then flew to a very low branch. She happened to land in the last tree Violet ever perched in:


She was so fast when she flew off his tree, a couple that was watching her didn't even register her flight at first:




Bobby then left his branch:






He tried for prey:


No luck:



Rosie stirred and looked at something intently but she didn't go after it:


Bobby scanned some more:


He dove down and soon flew up with a rat:


The rat must have been fighting for its life because Bobby had to quickly descend to the ground (perhaps to get a better grip on it):







The flash of his red tail feathers marked where he landed:


As predicted, Rosie flew right to him and his food. Bobby escaped her and took his food to a new tree:



Rosie swung around and landed in a tree behind me:


Bobby began to eat:



From what I can tell, Washington Square Park still does not use rodenticide in its rat traps (out of protection for the Hawks).


Rosie watched him eat:




He ate the rat in three minutes.

Wiping up:


Rosie joined him at his tree:






Bobby flew to a nearby tree two minutes later:



Then to another:



Judson Memorial Church's cross in the distance:


Bobby then flew to the trees further southwest, scaring up the pigeons that live in that section:



Rosie made her way out of the trees (flying east then south):





I waited twenty minutes to see if Bobby would catch one of the pigeons for a later meal:






But he left the park too:


I looked for him and Rosie but didn't find them again.