A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was in Washington Square Park all day today.
I caught up with it in the early afternoon.
It flew from tree to tree then hunted for pigeon:
Sadie flew overhead, crying out loudly before landing on one of her favorite building perches:
The juvenile spent 40 minutes in this tree:
The juvie plucked a pigeon right off a regular pigeon-feeder's hand!
At first I thought the pigeon was snatched from his lap but it turns out the Hawk had literally hand-plucked it.
Two squirrels froze on the tree in front of the Hawk:
The squirrels then began to harass the Hawk from time to time:
The Hawk had trouble keeping the pigeon balanced on the branch. The pigeon fell to the ground with a heavy thud. The Hawk immediately dove and grabbed it.
The Hawk flew past within arm's reach then continued on to a new tree to finish eating in more privacy: