Sunday, April 27, 2008

Unsuccessful quest for Pale Male

Perhaps the most famous red-tailed hawk is Pale Male. I've watched specials about him but never had the chance to see him in real life. I knew that I'd kick myself if I never had the chance to see Pale Male before his time would be up. There was no set agenda for the day so I thought it was a perfect opportunity especially since I wanted to go to Central Park anyway. The weather was awesome and I was joined by Lioux on my lazy outing in NYC.
Here's a couple distant shots of Pale Male's nest. It's just under the roof above the center window. Nobody was home but I still peered into a avid fan's spotting scope. Clearly I'll need a longer time commitment to sit and wait for someone to make an appearance. I'll be back! I'm glad that there's the committed folks that keep up the watch. There's some real jerks out there. I hear through the grapevine that this year's clutch of eggs may again be unsuccessful. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.
The cherry trees in full bloom action. I still can't get enough of that. It's amazing how well tulips do when they are not eaten by deer. They look so perfect that I wonder if it's fake.

Here's Han Christian Anderson's duck friend...he was far more interesting.

These couple of buildings symbolize to me authentic NYC buildings. I can just picture people hanging out on the fire escapes, yelling out the windows to people passing by. These buildings are just tall enough for the residents to observe and care what goes on in the streets below, which results in less local crime. Unfortunately, super tall skyscraper luxury condos are taking over the streets. It's a bit depressing to see this happening and I don't even live there. Someone living on the 20th floor in a luxury condo isn't going to care what's going on in the street below.


Stacey Huston said...

Thanks so much for todays post! Beautiful bird. It still is really strange for me to see these majestic beauties in the city. I am so used to seeing them in the more rural setting.. I had wonderful break throughs with my rehab bird tonight. He is comming along really well. It is amazing how they each have their own issues, so much like people, yet so different at the same time.. thanks for sharin

Colleen said...

Yeah, I used to focus on the few remaining lower buildings around where I worked in midtown. They were the only ones that seemed to have any soul.

Lioux said...


I had the BEST time in NYC!

I LOVE days like that; when there's no agenda and you just let the day take you...

Can't wait to do it again!

Jules said...

Sounds like you guys had a great day. That bird is beautiful. And I love your pictures as always.