Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pale Male and Ginger Lima's Duo, the Hawk Bench Mallards, and the Pelicans Keep Gathering

Photo courtesy of
It is still somehow miraculous that there are eyasses off the 927 nest in Central Park. Here they are looking ever so "hawkish" at each other.

Photo courtesy of
And my favorite moment of juvenile hawk behavior--the upside down head.

Photo by Peggy M.
My apologies to Peggy for the belated posting of her Hawk Bench Update, including the adaptive Hawk Bench Mallards--

Thursday, June 30, I went straight to The Hawk Watcher’s Bench after a doctor’s appointment ( biopsy). It amazed me, how the offspring have grown—no more white downy feathers—they looked like young Red Tail Hawks. One of them was having a nap after lunch, while the other busily preened his/her chest. Pale Male and Ginger were not to be seen, perhaps off hunting for themselves.

There is a pair of Mallard Ducks who hang out near the Hawk Watching Bench. They were perfectly comfortable on land, hoping to snag treats from birdwatchers or tourists. I’m attaching a photograph

Peggy M

Brooklyn, NY

He's still working at it...

Donegal Browne


Anonymous said...

What's the significance (if any) of the juvenile upside down head stance? Any reason why the head thing is only seen in juveniles?

Donegal Browne said...

Well anon there is a certain amount of "dispute' ah et, discussion about just what it going on when they do that. I've got my own theories but will poll some of my cohorts and see what;s in the literature and get back to you on the main page soon.