Parenting Variations Evident at Tompkins Square Park
One of the nice things about getting to know Red-tailed Hawks is to learn the variations between individuals. In Red-tails, this is most evident in the role the father takes once the eyasses are born. Some fathers just delivery food, while others help with preening and feeding the eyasses.
At Tompkins Square Park, the father is very involved with the eyasses care and spent a great deal of time grooming them Friday afternoon. Hipster dad for the hipster neighborhood.
In these pictures, especially the last few, you'll see the mother acting as a sun shade for the eyasses. I can't figure out how they fit under her at this point with the eyasses being so big.