Sunday, November 05, 2006

Battle Royal: Crows vs. Red-Tailed Hawk vs. Peregrine

Just outside of Inwood Hill Park, I met up with the resident Peregrines of Broadway Bridge. In the clear, cold air, I had no trouble finding them swooping over the elevated subway line, stirring up flocks of pidgeons, starlings and seagulls. One alit on the north trestle.

While the other alit on the south.

Suddenly, the Red-tailed Hawk that I had previously seen poaching pidgeons over Marble Hill appeared on top of a very tall building.

Big mistake! The noisy gang of crows near the athletic fields made a bee line straight for it!

And drove it off...

straight into the territory of the Peregrines! Suddenly, the male was off in hot pursuit!

He dove at the hawk...

as she employed defensive action!

This was repeated several times until the Peregrine broke off the pursuit, high over Kingsbridge!

After the attack, the tercel circled back and took refuge in the tower.


Anonymous said...

Great shots! Hard to find!

yojimbot said...

Thanks...all you have to do is go to Harlem!