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Feb 7, 2019 19:33:47   #
petercbrandt
 
I was walking along west 109th street in Manhattan and in the distant saw a hawk on a lamp post, rushed to take a photo, the hawk flew away. Half an hour later the hawk came back to the same lamp post, and I'm ready ! Grabbed a few sitting shots and before I knew it, it took off and I just squeezed the take button.
It was plain luck ! As you guys know I'm not a nature /bird shooter but an architecture guy. This bird has a home nearby and I've been trying to catch it with its mate, all in one shot. Two-in-one is difficult!


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Feb 7, 2019 19:40:26   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
A rise in resident raptors is helping some New Yorkers get a glimpse of nature, while putting others, like pet owners, on edge.

https://www.audubon.org/news/fearless-and-well-fed-new-york-citys-red-tailed-hawks-are-flourishing

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Feb 7, 2019 19:53:32   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
petercbrandt wrote:
I was walking along west 109th street in Manhattan and in the distant saw a hawk on a lamp post, rushed to take a photo, the hawk flew away. Half an hour later the hawk came back to the same lamp post, and I'm ready ! Grabbed a few sitting shots and before I knew it, it took off and I just squeezed the take button.
It was plain luck ! As you guys know I'm not a nature /bird shooter but an architecture guy. This bird has a home nearby and I've been trying to catch it with its mate, all in one shot. Two-in-one is difficult!
I was walking along west 109th street in Manhattan... (show quote)


You may want to check out the peregrines that live in the tower at Riverside Church. There are kestrels living in SoHo, and red tails, coopers sharp-shinned and other hawks all over the city. Central Park is a great spot for raptors, especially near the Museum of Natural History, and the garden behind the Met. Columbus Park in Chinatown, and Tompkin's Square Park has a red-tail pair and a nest. There is lots of food around, so they flourish in NYC.

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Feb 7, 2019 21:26:32   #
jederick (a regular here)
 
Very nice captures, Peter...keep the NYC raptor photos coming!!

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Feb 7, 2019 21:43:35   #
Designdweeb
 
Great photos! Back in the 80’s the windows at the photo studio in AMNH always had binoculars at the ready. The staff I worked with were avid and knowledgeable birders, I tried to pick up what I could from them. Across the street, Central Park was a hot spot for birds.

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Feb 7, 2019 22:24:06   #
chipdog902
 
Very nice!

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Feb 8, 2019 01:38:03   #
Katydid (a regular here)
 
A beautiful Red-tailed Hawk, thanks for sharing!

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Feb 8, 2019 07:38:56   #
foathog (a regular here)
 
NYC has the largest concentration of breeding peregrine falcons in North America

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Feb 8, 2019 08:28:36   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
Nice captures.

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Feb 8, 2019 11:24:19   #
2Dragons
 
I've seen Peregrine Falcons flying between the buildings in Boston for a good many years. They help keep the wild pigeon population in check.

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Feb 8, 2019 12:19:49   #
Earnest Botello (a regular here)
 
Very good captures Peter.

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Feb 8, 2019 21:27:47   #
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