The Thompkins Square formel shelters her three eyasses from the sun. She appears to have the knack for motherhood, or is an experienced Mom.
Dad Red-tails on the other hand, upon seeing the eggs brooded over time are driven into a hunting frenzy by their hormones and, at least it appears, must learn other fathering skills by watching over time. And pairs appear to work out their own double parenting system. Tristan always did the last feeding of the day while Isolde took a break, often atop a building open to the sky.
Pale Male on the other hand seldom if ever feeds, but is quite partial to sitting on eggs and eyasses for as long as his mate will let him. He also fully prepares the prey to be eaten before presenting it.
On the other hand, the formel of the previous Southern Central Park pair , Charlotte, liked to prepare her own prey. She also refused stiff prey. Pale Male Jr. once appeared on the nest with a rather stiff pigeon. Instead of taking it and flying off to eat it. Charlotte looked utterly disgusted and flew off to hunt for herself. Junior stood there with the prey watching her go, shoulders slumped.
You'll note in Francois Portman's truly delightful new video of the Thompkins Square Park pair coming up further down the page, that stiff prey are perfectly acceptable to everyone on that nest.
Here is a new video from the nestCam:
First, the tircel (at left) tries his feeding skills,
then the matriarch takes over and demonstrate how it's done!
(Watch the formel's expression and body language as the Tiercel attempts to feed. DB.)
photo courtesy of Rob Schmunk
And indeed, there are the usual three eyasses for the Divines, Isolde and Norman, after all!
Check it out.
Isolde still takes her evening break but it doesn't appear that Norman feeds the eyasses during it.
Not surprising actually.
Norman's full name is Stormin Norman as he still focuses and has from the beginning on firm territorial boundaries and the harrassing of interlopers.