Another day trying to capture photos of bats at the Model Boat Pond in Central Park. They're a lot harder to photograph than Red-tailed Hawks!
The Tompkins Square Park adults on the Most Holy Redeemer church near 4th Street and Avenue A on Tuesday evening.
Pale Male hunted near one of his favorite roosts tonight. While he was eating, Octavia flew in to join him. They ended up roosting only a few feet apart at the top of London Plane Tree.
This time of year, if you sit near the hawk bench at the Model Boat Pond at dusk, you'll see lots of Chimney Swifts feeding. But as it gets darker, almost like magic, there are fewer and fewer swifts and in their place you'll see bats.
(It's too dark to even guess at the species of bat. Central Park has at least five species of bat, which are most easily identified using a "bat detector", which listens for the pitch of a bat's echolocation sounds.)