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Almost Full Moon Rises Over an Evening Falcon Watch 3/5/12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I was oh, so sick of being sick!  Leave it to me to get a flu bug that wasn’t covered by the flu shot we all received.  I needed some fresh air and I needed to see a falcon!

I arrived downtown around 5:30 pm, knowing I didn’t have a whole lot of time before it got dark.  The moon was already large in the sky, and the bright sun was dipping lower and lower.

As I drove up to the Broad St Bridge, I was greeted by the unknown Tiercel flying towards me with a nice bloody tidbit grasped in his big yellow talons.  He flew over and up towards the Times Square Bldg. (TSB)  I quickly turned my car around and had the full force of the sun directly in my eyes.  I found a spot closer to the TSB where I had a little protection from the sun and saw that the Tiercel had landed on the same level as the nest box, but on the south side of the building.  This is where Jemison had made his first little jump, hop, flight.

To get a better view, I drove down onto Aqueduct St.  Unity flew in and landed on the same ledge as the Tiercel.  I couldn’t see if she actually took the offering of prey from the Tiercel, but I’m pretty sure that she did, and now she was out of sight.

After awhile, she flew off the TSB and landed on Mercury’s outstretched hand/money bag.  The almost full moon was behind the statue and I moved around until…..

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

I just love taking, as my good friend Lou would say, Artsy-Fartsy shots.  🙂

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

 The Tiercel flew off of the TSB and did all kinds of fancy flying over the river, back to TSB, zipped by her and flew towards the buildings on the east side of the river and zipped back.  He was putting on quite a nice show for her.

The Tiercel flew back to the TSB and landed under the SE wing.  Unity came off of the Mercury statue and flew towards the TSB, landing on the platform in front of the nest box.  She disappeared from view, ducking into the nest box and for the next 5-10 mins, she ee-chupped from inside the nest box, while the Tiercel again started his fancy flying.  He flew out from the building, over the river and zoomed by the front of the nest box.  You’ve got to give this guy an “A for Effort!”.

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

Unity and the Moon - 3/5/12

As the light faded, one of the falcons (I’m not sure which one) kept making short flights around the TSB and landing at different spots all along the back section.  Off and on, off and on.  Something I haven’t seen before.  I was joined by Kathy O. after it quieted down.

Before it got too dark, I did see a falcon fly in from the north, land for a very short time on the north end of the well wall (at the nest box) and then fly over to the north side of the back section of the TSB.  S/he landed on top of one of the last columns at the west end.  Very hard to explain.  I’ll have to take a picture the next time I’m there in the daylight and point it out.  Was this one of their night time roosting spots.

Stay tuned!

13 Responses to “Almost Full Moon Rises Over an Evening Falcon Watch 3/5/12”

  1. Donna Says:

    And the cams were down at this point!! Grrrr. Great pics, love the “Moon Shot”.

  2. Kathy Says:

    Carol…Artsy-Fartsy or not, these pictures are gorgeous!!! And I KNOW that Lou has taken some gorgeous ones too..but c’mon……

  3. Kris G. Says:

    That picture is just beautiful! Thanks for your report!

  4. Rita Says:

    Nice catch. You got the eye for artsy-fartsy.

  5. Ginny Says:

    Those pictures are great!

  6. margaret Says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots of Unity and the Moon. Love the one of Mercury playing kickball with the moon! Wonderful.

  7. Carla P. Says:

    I’ve been out of commission for a long, long time, but I just had to emerge from my current lurker post to rave about your absolutely beautiful photos. You’re definitely giving Lou a run for his money in the artsy-fartsy category! I can’t decide which of these will be my new background photo; I love them all!

    To all of my fellow PeFa fans, I plan to be back in action this season and look forward to seeing you all again. Hugs to all of you meanwhile.


  8. Joyce Says:

    Even though you had the flu, you couldn’t have timed it more perfectly. Opportunities don’t come along like that too often. Great pics! Like the way Mercury bounces the moon off his foot. U and the tiercel are getting interesting. He’s courting her with prey, but we haven’t seen bowing yet in the nestbox. I think she is still holding out. Anxious times are coming.

  9. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks everyone! I had fun taking those pics. My other good friend, Tom Hoehn, taught me to always be aware of what is in the background of any picture you take. I’ve always tried to remember that rule of thumb. Even when it comes to “playing” with your picture taken. 🙂

    @Carla P – You’d better get yourself back downtown this Falcon Watching season. So nice to hear from you. We miss you!

  10. DianaR Says:

    Great pictures, Carol! Glad you are feeling better. Fingers crossed that as the season goes by “more will be revealed” and we will figure out who is doing what where and with whom.

  11. Carol P. Says:

    Yeah, kind of like, “Who’s on First!” Thanks Diana!

  12. Gayle Says:

    You surely have developed a keen eye, Carol! Eat your heart out Lou! Thanks.

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