Sunday, January 21, 2007
An uncommon visitor
Tompkins Square in the East Village of Manhattan evidently has a resident hawk.
This majestic bird was perched in a tree Sunday afternoon and drew a crowd that raptly watched its every move. It flew from tree to tree and perched several times on wrought iron fences just feet from transfixed human observers.
After surveying the grounds, it swooped down on a rat it spotted hiding under a bush about 50 feet away.
Talk about a hawkeye.
In one smooth movement, it caught the rat in its talons (you can just make it out in the bottom photo) and flew to a distant tree to enjoy his meal high above prying eyes.