I managed to catch Bobby and Sadie Hawks mating today in Washington Square Park. I was starting to get nervous that I might not see them mate this winter.
The first Hawk I saw today was Sadie. The following photos document a little over two hours' worth of Hawk action today.
Bobby joining her:
He landed on her back and mated with her:
Sadie was the first Hawk to leave their perch:
A long Hawkless while passed before Bobby returned, circled the park, then perched a block south of the park:
The busy street below:
She returned to One Fifth Avenue:
Sunning with her eyes closed:
She must have seen an interloper because she dove off her perch and cried out repeatedly, seemingly chasing something but I never saw her target:
She eventually returned to One Fifth:
Back to her peaceful sunning:
I left her while she was still resting: