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Wonderful pictures today as always. I have been in the UK visiting family and friends for almost 4 weeks. I have converted quite a few people to click on Pale Male site each day !!

The buzzards are making a comeback on the Isle of Wight where I lived and we saw and heard them nearly every day.

I haven't had a chance to go back through all the archives yet but I was wondering if Pale Male Jr. and Charlotte are still building on that small ledge which looked so unsafe?

In Philadelphia a pair of Bald Eagles are building a nest on some building near the Delaware which is up for a 5 million restoration so they are trying to decide what to do, whether to build around them or wait. Personally I hope they do the latter !!!!!

All wild life have a hard time of it don't they? Thankyou for your thoughts and pictures...you lift our spirits when we need it !!

Norma H. Pennsylvania.

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Others have written more eloquently than I, but I just had to tell you that your website is a wonderful escape and your photographs are stunning. Never have I seen a more mind blowing self portrait!! I love all animals, especially birds, and hawks are one of my favorites. I live in the mountains in Northern California and red tails are abundant. I tell myself, the first time I see one take out a bunny and rip it apart in front of me I might not be so in love with them, but for now we’re good. The close up grey squirrel smiling for you is one of my favorites, and the raccoon can ya do this photo, so many made my smile (even the people photos), thank you so much for sharing. I found myself saying over and over, this one would be a great screensaver, no THIS one, oh this one!!! Also thanks for sharing camera info before I could ask. Again I say, WOW!!

Kathy G. Cobb, CA (Lake County)

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You should get an award for these fabulous shots!!! Wonderful job - hope it warms up back there soon - we are having 80 degree weather lately here in Pleasanton CA. :o)

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I happened upon your page of photos quite by accident, and what alovely surprise! As a city dweller (albeit in Seattle) I enjoy theglimpses of wildlife in an urban setting, and enjoy keeping an eye onwhat I have come to consider my feathered friends. I don't know muchabout photography, but as the saying goes, I know what I like, and Ilike your work! So thank you for sharing it with the world. My boyfriend and I are having a committment ceremony of sorts in July,and would love to use your photograph of the two pigeons cuddling thatyou included on your 3/26/06 page as part of our invitation. We lovethat picture and think it would capture the spirit of our celebrationfor our guests. Let me know your thoughts on this project, and thanks again for all you do.


Megan

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I just wanted to say thank you for all the beautiful pictures of Palemale and Lola. I am a disabled person and pretty much housebound all the time, so your pictures really lift my spirits. thank you so much.


Mary, CA

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WELL, YES! I do feel her looking just at me. I feel as if I know her gaze. Thanks to you.

I've read a lot about photographers and their craft. One person after another talks about their wrestling, at some time in their careers, with the detachment issue. ["Am I THERE if I'm separated from reality by the physical camera?" Should I put the camera down and live with this amazing beauty through my EYES, for a change? Will I ever truly remember the physical event if I'm framing it?]

Almost every photographer settles the quandry somehow. To see is to see, is what I think. There's a place for each mode of seeing. The essential experience is looking 'with intention' (sorry, overused phrase, but sometimes it does convey the meaning). Your photos are, to me, akin to taking a very deep breath and being slow and still. Such a welcome state of being.

About the tenses: you're entitled to use and imagine and put into words each stage that you mentioned, in each verb tense. She sailed, did sail. And she sails now, as you beautifully described the sound and the silence (I loved that). AND, perhaps most important, she WILL sail, to and fro to her nest, and in your mind and in your senses, as long as you live. As long as all of us live.

What you've done, in addition to enriching your own life, is spread the joy and wonder to hundreds, nay, thousands of your viewers. We see the photos, we saw them yesterday and those are indelible. And maybe best, we will see them in the days ahead. So see? There's exhilaration in the here and now; and sweet memories of yesterday's wonderful nesting photos and those of summer and autumn and all the bird-days; and then there's real anticipation of the next adventure.

Sometimes the English language almost makes sense! The thing to remember, I think, is that nothing will sap the joy from these photos and your memories of moments like Lola gazing at you. The memory, the recollection, will always be on call, and it will keep its shocking beauty and sensual thrill FOREVER! So you can speak and think in any old tense you want - the birds know, the birds tell.

Thank you anew, Kathy

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I was in Central Park on the morning of Feb 22nd, visiting for the first time, from England. When I came across, right in front of me, a hawk sitting on a branch, ten feet up, plucking a pigeon. I marvelled at this, but took it to be an everyday site for the locals. Having just now had the chance to google this event, I'm amazed and gratfied to understand how fortunate I was. Seeing your site was a pleasure.

Thank you.

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*One day several years ago, while doing outdoor chores, I heard the Canada Geese return from their winter homes. Around here (Rhinebeck, NY) that usually means March 12 or so. So many in one formation! So low were they flying! I closed my eyes, listening to their wingbeats, their honking and felt the air pulse against may face from their wings pushing down to the earth. Never, never have I felt so close to understanding the futility of language. My daughter, then a child, opened her eyes, looked to me and asked if that meant we were blessed by nature? (This is the same child who at age 4, wrote to Greenpeace and asked them to please save the whales for her /grandchildren/ to appreciate. Rainbow Warrior actually gave her a exclusive tour of their ship /sans/ parents and showed her the letter she wrote, tacked up on the bulletin board in the galley.) Lincoln, perhaps we as humans are given opportunities to love, to understand and cherish; so many times our language falls far short of our expectations. With your photos of Pale Male, Lola and others, you communicate with your eye what they do so deftly, so understood between all species.Take CareSharon*

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First, I would like to thank you once again, for all the work you do on updating your website to provide us with your spectacular photos of our friends. I’ve been a fan of yours and our feathered friends for about 4+ years and I check your site on a daily basis – the photos always bring a smile to my face & my heart.

My husband and I will be visiting the City on Saturday, March 24th and I was wondering if I may be able to get my book signed, if you’re in the Park that day. I hope all is well with you….

Love – Sandy & Tom

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I have taken animal communication classes with Penelope Smith a renowned teacher and practitioner on the subject. A few years back she told us that the animals would be returning to the major cities and we would find a way to coexist. I find hope in this and your photographs bolster it. I am grateful for what you do.

Becky B. Wilmington, NC

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My husband and I were fortunate enough to watched the Nature program aboutPale Male in 2004 just a few months before our first visit to New York City.While in New York City over the Christmas holidays 2004 we stayed on 92ndstreet in an B&B just half a block from 5th Avenue, and because we were soclose, we walked over to the Park almost every day. One day we were walkingdown 5th Avenue and realized that we were near the building where Pale Malehad built his nest and we looked up just in time to see him flying across5th Avenue and into Central Park. We walk into the park and there he was sitting in a tree, I couldn't believethat we were actually getting to be so close to such a famous citizen of NewYork City and I have to admit that he was the most regal and beautiful birdI have ever seen. We only had a small point and shoot digital camera withus, but we were able to get a very beautiful picture of him because we couldget so close. The picture sits on my desk in my office and many people askme about it. Some think I am a little strange but I have to say that I fellin love with Pale Male that cold day in NYC and I remember that marvelousfeeling every time I look at the picture. Then a few weeks ago the "Nature" program came on again and we sat andwatched it. When it was over I asked my husband if he thought Pale Male wasstill alive. My husband got up and went to the computer and found yourmagnificent web site. I have checked it every day to see the new picturesand watch PaleMale and Lola's life together on 5th Avenue, and I can't thankyou enough for providing such a wonderful website. The service you providefor those of us who wonder and sometimes worry about them is truly a gift oflove and I can't thank you enough.


Margie B. Sunnyvale, CA.

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I see you in the Park all the time with your camera, but I never saw your site until today. Awesome and breathtaking stuff. Thank you so much for showing us the beauty and majesty that is so close... that so few of us ever see or even imagine! It takes a true artist to show that.

Jeff L. MD

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This is to let you know that your Palemale website is quite special and your photography does a good job of capturing the magnificence of your "friends", NY's Red Tailed Hawks.

As a result of becoming more familiar with the RTH myself here in Santa Rosa, CA I've spotted several of them up and down Highway 101 and up in nearby parks such as Annadel State Park. While driving to work I can usually spot one on a nearby tree or telephone wire as they intently observe a nearby field.

Last year where I work I also had the priviledge of spotting a nested pair in a tall tree not far from my office, and I followed their progress in raising their three chicks even as I was looking up Palemale and Lola on your website.

Now my RTHs were not nearly so people tolerant as yours. They would routinely make threat displays at me (screeching and flying low overhead with their tallons lowered) when I came out to observe their nest with a pair of binoculars. So unfortunately this year they have flown away and chosen a different nest site. However I still see them perched in nearby trees overlooking a winery or field (or soaring overhead) in the search for prey.

As you can see all I have to shoot photos with was a small point and shoot digicam (Sony W7). However in the first photo are last year's three chicks, not quite ready for fledging and in the second photo is one of the adults as it had just left the nest for feeding them its hungry brood of large chicks. The adults were always camera shy and difficult to capture on "film".

Keep up the good work. Your RTHs are an inspiration to behold.

Steve Santa Rosa, CA

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Today I saw two red tailed hawks flying over my house! In fact they circled for a while and I imagined they were searching for a suitable nesting sight, or returning to an old one. I shouted up at them, "Nest here! We're red-tailed hawk friendly! I know palemale and lola!!"oh, i'm a nut alright, but the neighbors already know that!

Darciechico, CA (near the foothills of the Sierras)

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Hello, My apartment overlooks the New York Marble Cemetery in the East Village, 3rd St between 1st and 2nd Ave. About three months ago my cat started going crazy at the window. When I looked outside there was a very large hawk sitting on a branch ten feet from my window with a dead rat in its grasp. I am from Northern California and was quite surprised to see a hawk in New York City, it was later that I googled hawks in New York and came across your website. I now see Stephen Hawkings, as i've come to call him, at least two or three times a week outside my window. I was wondering if you could tell me from the photos i've taken what kind of hawk he may be? Thank you, Nikki Fauble

I adore hawks. I live in the country and see them daily but I check your site everyday to see your spectacular pictures. Thank you for loving them as much as I do.

Julie

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Just a note, your photos are great. I await each day's posting. The squirrel pics I enjoy the most as does my wife. Have a great day.

John Fitzwater, Martinsburg WV

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The pictures on your website are spectacular and a great pick me up on such a dreary day.

Irene, NYC

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Thanks for taking time out from work to reply. We live very close to the world-reknowned Kruger National Park, and our home is on the edge of a small nature reserve or green belt in what used to be a little town, but which has grown and developed beyond all expectations and is now called a city...................our garden is mostly indigenous and we so enjoy all the birds and little creatures which visit us. Just yesterday we saw a Red Duiker (which is a small antelope) feeding in a cleared area below our house. Thankfully the neighbourhood dogs haven't chased them all away. We have several natural water features in the garden which are frequented by lots of birds specially now during this hot summer. Haven't had much rain- and that's not good as we approach winter - and it's soon going to be summer for you on the other side of the world!

I have visited the US many times as I have a sister and a son and his family who live in Houston - and have birdwatched across some of your states. (Wouldn't describe myself as a twitcher or a lister - just keen on birds.) I am a subscriber to Birder's Digest as well as Birder's World, both of which have carried articles about PaleMale and that's where my interest and now fascination began. Of course your fabulous photography enhances it all.

So you keep doing what you do best - and let's hope that many people can catch just a little of your passion and then maybe the world would be a better place as ever,

Karen, South Africa

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I just want to thank you for the pleasure I derive from viewing your fabulous photographs. You must give many people much happy viewing!

Thanks.

Janet, Ontario

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Many thanks for all the wonderful pictures and your words of wisdom! Since you love animals so much, you might enjoy reading "Animal - Speak" by Ted Andrews. I'm sure you are looking forward to spring and all its gifts!

Thanks again!

Noel B.

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In mid March I will leave "my " little island in Puget Sound to spend 10 days on "your" island. My first stop will be the park and the SBP area to look for your "2 special fiends". My favorite Christmas gift was your book,Palemale & Lola Forever. It is lovely. I love every image of Palemale and Lola plus the images of the park. The last thing I do each night before bed is to check your site. Your pictures fill me with pure JOY. If I am able to see you working in the park. again this year, I would like to interrupt you for a minute and ask you to sign my most favored gift .Looking forward with great expectation to my yearly visit to Thee Park.Your gifts to all of us, across the miles, is greatly appreciated.Peace and Health to you,Linda TP Vashon Island

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I am hoping to gain your permission to use an image for my Practicum. Completing my Masters in Landscape Architecture - I am writing about the loss of wildlife habitat in Winnipeg Manitoba, and would love to incorporate an image to go along with the unbelievable story of palemale. Please let me know if this would be alright.Hoping to hear from you soon,
Reese

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My name is Celebration F. and I have recently developed an interest in your website, http://www.palemale.com. After watching Charles Kennedy in "an award-winning documentary, 'Pale Male'", a few years ago, I was inspired to do my Honors English 9 research project about how Red-Tailed Hawks affect people's ideas and lifestyles. In addition to determining my final grade, I have found this project to be important to me because becomming aware and concerned about our closest wild neighbors is very environmental and important. Your site has been the most useful resource in my research, and I have come to a drafty conclusion that Red-Tailed Hawks affect people most in these ways: 1) They inspire people to take interest in photography. 2) They motivate people of all ages to respect and protect urban and rural wildlife. 3) They bring happiness, joy, and an appreciation of life to people of all ages. 4) They move people to write poetry, books, articles, and other forms of literature about hawks and other wildlife. 5) They have become the center of many wildife websites and protect-the-environment foundations. 6) They have become major problems for people planning to construct buildings where the hawks live or nest.

Do you have any other ideas about how Red-Tailed Hawks like the beloved Pale Male and Lola have influenced people? If you do, please reply to this email or send a message to miniferguson@citlink.net or crazy4kittie@hotmail.com; I would greatly appreciate the addition to my list. Again, your work has been a life-saver research source, especially the fanmail, which provides seemingly endless primary resources. I hope that my report will open the eyes of many more students to the importance of conserving the wilderness that coexists with our people every day.

Your newest fan, Celebration F.

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First, i would like to commend you on the remarkable job done in sharing palemale & lola to the world, personally i have really enjoyed it. I started having this visitor in the past couple months on my balcony, mainly in the morning. I have asked around and looked at the various regional hawk sites, no one appears to have any sightings in the city of Boston. I've been obsessed, can't get the hawk out of my head. I wanted to share this with you and maybe you could offer some advice, male or female? My roommate and I have dubbed him/her Buddy for the time being. I catch myself waiting with anticipation for the next time i see him/her. As we take pictures he looks at us with intelligent eyes and then flies away leaving us dumbstruck by his natural beauty as we watch him soar over the urban jungle.

regards, Nikolas

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The article is online now, so I'll send you the link:
http://www.leica-camera.us/nature_observation/magazine/


Many thanks for the talk and the marvellous pictures! Greetings, Kerstin

Kerstin E.
Hamburg

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Good Morning.....

I just viewed the recent photos. You would have no way of knowing this but Palemale has been a very large part of conversation in our family over the years. His behaviors and how he lives is a demonstration of always doing what is needed, working no matter what the odds are and forever giving to others without any regard that it might be reciprocated. Frankly, we refer to it as infinite responsibility and Palemale demonstrates that everyday. So, thank you for your devotion. We live in downtown Sacramento and truly enjoy the environment and all the wildlife. However, it is quite enjoyable to see what is going on in your most wonderful city.

Regards........Wayne

Wayne R. San Bernardino, California

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I'm a really big fan of pale male. I talk about this bird to any one that will listen. I have a large poster of him on my wall at work. I receive these pictures from a gentlemen's daughter that works with me at MTVN. She told me that her father sets outside taking pictures of palemale all day. He wears a baseball cap you may know him. I forget the daugthe's name for I don't see her that often. I would really like to thank her father for these beautiful pictures. I live in the bronx and I see hawks all the time here do u know if they are offsprings of palemale and lola.

Yours Truly, Harmon K.

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What joy you bring to all of us who can't see in person what you experience every day. Mimi B.

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I have watching these two on your website for years, they are just amazing creatures, and you have done a splendid job showing the world what love is, just great stuff! I know a bit about birding, but was very surprised to learn today that the hawks will peel bark off a tree for nesting, I never knew that! Just amazing...... Keep up the great work, we are looking forward to the upcoming nesting season and this years offspring, God willing..... We will be watching here from New Haven! Thanx, Chris & Eva M.

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The pictures on your website are spectacular and a great pick me up on such a dreary day. Irene

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I can't write as beautiful as you do, but one thing is for sure at leastwe enjoy the same beautiful shots you take of those magnificentcreatures. Have a good weekend.

Sylvia Gutierrez, TX

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You don't know how much I wished you were here with your camera, week before last. I was going to town for breakfast at 7AM. On the way I pass a field that was just a blanket of snow. That morning there was a fox sitting just inside the fence. His beautiful fur against the background of white was fantastic. If I'd had my camera I would have tried it. He sat there, not moving, as though he was posing for his portrait. Wish you were here...LOL

Phyllis Ft Collins, Colorado

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I just want to thank you for post more picture of Jr. and Charolette. I have been watching the hawk for just over a year now..your work is awsome and I look for ward to seeing more of them. Palemale is very photogenic I see...I love watching him cock his head in way I only wished I could..lol.

keep up the awsome work.

Palemale and lola rule!!

Katie

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I want to say thank you again for allowing us to use your photographs in our newspaper, Outdoors in New York City. I took a look at your webpage today; the eagle photos are beautiful! ~ as, of course, are the photos of Pale Male, Lola and all the rest. If you would like us to send you a copy of the the newspaper once it is printed, please let me know. We can send it via email or to your mailing address.

Thanks again, Erica.

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I've been slacking in keeping up with our friends Pale Male and Lola this season. Have they started to mate yet? I see lovely photos of them building up the nest. Could they be deciding to try egg laying later in the season so the weather will be warmer for the chicks to incubate. I"m hoping for a successful season this year with little ones. Since I started following them there have been 2 no hatches, I figured I'd take a peek now and then hoping for some really good news. I look forward for your response.. ~SherylWestboro MA

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Hi there I live in the UK I look at your site everyday it is really nice to see the birds in their own environment living day to day. I hope one day I will be able to come across to see this beautiful pair and offspring flying free.

Thank you for this lovely view even though it is only by pictures.

Yours Truly,

Ian E. Head Falconer Fawkes Falconry

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My friend Cindy introduced me to this site. Your photos and commentary are exquisite.

May I know what camera and lens you are using?

Thanks for your marvelous work.

Gene Rosen Sandy Hook, CT.

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Thank you again, Lincoln, for the magnificent photos of Pale Male and Lola. They are exquisite. I want everyone to see them--I'm telling everyone about them--and I live in California!! You do great work. Thank you, thank you, thank you--
Ann Del T. CA

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From a blazing hot city called Nelspruit on the east side of South Africa - thank you for your amazing images of Palemale, Lola and the family. What a blessing it is to look at the site and to appreciate with you and millions of others the magnificence of these birds. Thank you for what you are doing - and keep it up - You take the beautiful birds and nature right into the living rooms and homes of countless people. Karen B. Nelspruit, South Africa

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Today’s photos are just great. Motherhood – parenthood – homebuilding – wonderful, wonderful shots. And did you notice that not only is there some guy on the roof of the Dr. Fisher building but also someone inside the room on the top floor taking pictures.

Best regards my friend,

James L. B. Nashville TN

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Your photographs continue to amaze me. I'm really enjoying the interactions you have captured between Pale Male and Lola the last few weeks. I can't wait to see whats next.

Leo

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What a beautiful way to start my day seeing your beautiful photos of Pale Male and Lola. You outdid yourself today. Donna.

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Your first fantastic picture on today's page [http://www.palemale.com/march52007.html] is particularly inciteful because it shows the very distinctive cut on the end of the twig, that of a sharp instrument cutting through half of the diameter of the twig and then the stripped edge where the branch was pulled away from the tree. I have been looking at twigs for years in my yard with this very distictive cut, always attributing them to a complaining neighbor who hates my big trees, believing him to be the culprit with a saw. But low and behold there is Palemale with his twig in his mouth and it is easy to see how his beak is the sharp tool that makes that half cut and then he must pull the rest away. It is a very distinct cut and easy to recognize if you have been looking at it for years. They are obviously choosing particular branches based on essential criteria which explains the success of the construction of their nests. Real Architects! Check out [http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/eagle_day.asp?TOD=8#top]

Marilyn

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We were in New York yesterday ( it certainly cooled off) and the days before and were in the Park every day looking at those two wonders who must have known we came 3,000 miles and only had a few days what a spendrous display they put on missed chatting with you I guess by minutes several times did see you on several balconies taking the fabulous photos that our children and grandchildren saw while were were in NYC Now they have the books that were for Christmas better late, because they really have spent a lot of time reading and looking our 1st grader reads beautifully and has been reading your text to her 4 year old sister thanks so much the books are really lovely and mean even more to us, now that we have spent these days again marvelling at Pale Male, Lola and the whole deal. Best to you,

Sandra, California

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Thanks for sharing your time and thoughts with me Sunday morning. Also appreciated the picture and your website information.

Your images are stunningly sharp and your compositions allow the viewer to see the hawks going about their daily lives and don't just show static pictures as in bird id books. That you are able to achieve this is even more remarkable considering how far you are away from most of your subjects. Good to see that you got a shot of the pigeon as prey. I would have like to have seen that.

Here's a quick point and shoot picture of you and one of a painted bunting I took in N. Texas a few years ago. I dabble in bird photography and know how difficult it is. I will remember your dedication and interest in the hawks and the natural world in general. Take care.

John R. N. Dallas, Texas

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I have been admiring your work for sometime, since a fellow raptor rehabilitatoin volunteer sent your website to our volunteer group. I am inspired by your love of wildlife and also admire your skill and patience in capturing so many special images of these critters. It gives me great joy to share in your thoughts and sites every day on your website. I am a graduate student researcher that has been studying West Nile virus infection in birds, including raptors, to try to figure out why and how it can affect them so severely. I'm not sure if it's the case in NY, but out here in the west, raptors have been hard-hit by WNV disease. I write not only to thank you for sharing your beautiful work, but also to ask for your permission to include your wonderful bird photos, especially of Pale Male, during my presentations. I mostly give presentations to groups of raptor and other wildlife enthusiasts and rehabilitators, as well as wildlife veterinarians and disease specialists, to try to help them understand WNV in birds so that they can better take care of birds that are sick with WNV. If you do feel that you wouldn't mind allowing me to include some of your photos in my powerpoint presentations to these groups, please let me know how you would best like to be cited on these photographs (your name and website?). Thank you so much for thinking this over and for your great, inspiring love of wildlife,

Nicole N., DVM, PhD candidate
Colorado State University Ft. Collins, CO

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Your photos are such a delight to view. My wife and I reside in Minneapolis and try to visit NYC once a year. When in the city we make it a point to spend time in Central Park, seeking an open bench by the pond so we can watch Palemale and Lola, sometimes for hours. On a few of our visits we have spoken with you, enjoyed viewing the birds through your scope along with so many of the other New Yorkers who share our interest in Palemale.

Thank you for the excellent website including your photography and writings that keep us non-residents of NYC up to date on Palemale and Lola along with other flora and fauna of Central Park.

Sincerely, Kenny & Peggy W. Minneapolis, MN.

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Thank you so much for my beautiful Palemale & Lola book. It is on my coffee table and catches the eyes of my visitors. It is my hope that in some small part, by viewing these pictures, they will all begin to understand.

Thank you, Beth Quinn Audubon NJ

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Lucida Grande Lincoln, I just found your web-site and am thrilled how great it is. Where do you get your vantage points for the shots on the buildings? What kind of equipment do you use? Thank You for your devotion to these great birds and nature!

Dale P. Denver, CO

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I just wanted to let you know that you take the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. I don't know how you get the pictures you do. Please continue to take these incredible pictures.

Thank you for your gift to this world.

Sincerely, Jill PA

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Hello Lincoln,

To quote Kermit the Frog, 'there's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met', but I feel I know you, having checked your website every morning for years now - my morning ritual, feed the dogs, make the tea, check on Pale Male. Today's pictures were breath taking - the obscured red lights behind him as he sailed through the air. I was "Stirred for a bird".

I just can't figure out how you do it - every day - capture such amazing pictures before and after work! I am grateful for your diligence - I search them out each morning, as you must, but I do not have the privilege of seeing them with my own eyes. Funny this thing - two not so rare birds - that have sailed into my heart. I am fascinated by their daily activities, and now, wait anxiously for the nesting season, with hopes for 2 or 3 more this year.

My favorite poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, wrote a poem several hundred years ago - and I think he wrote it about us - and Pale Male. I'm sure you have heard of it - but if not - it is best read aloud - I think.

The Windhover

I CAUGHT this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!


Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!


No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.


So Thank you, fellow watcher, for the inspiration and daily dose of loveliness.

Simone H. Glendale, CA

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I wrote you a while back thanking you for "making my day" with yourwebsite. Just wanted to let you know that as a result of looking at yourphoto's daily, I decided to make my large wild urban garden full of pines,cedars, redwoods etc. a Natural Wildlife Federation Certified WildlifeHabitat because it appeared to have all the requisite components. Iconsequently get emails from them, the most recent a notification of theGreat Backyard Bird Count which took place February 16-19. They alsoprovide you with a site, ebird, where you can report birdcounts yearround.And so on one of these days as I was looking out of my window to observebirds as part of my count, I noticed two separate flocks of two separatespecies voraciously feeding on pyracantha berries. I easily recognizedone species, the American Robin but had to use my binoculars to identifythe second. To my amazement there were over a hundred Cedar Waxwingsperched not 20 feet from my bedroom window, a bird I had never seen beforein my life, anywhere, but who had been probably been visiting my yard forthe last 40 years, the amount of time we have been living here. It occurred to me after reading your email from Roberta E NYC who isnow observing Palemale Jr. and Charlotte that she might be interestedin knowing that anybody can participate in the GBBC anually and recordbird citings on ebird yearround. All you have to do is dedicate 15minutes to observe and then record the number of species observed andsubmit your checklist. All the information is available on theirwebsite http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc. Maybe she will observe otherspecies outside her window. Maybe she will someday see that bald eaglesoaring over NYC with her own eyes as well as the hawks and telleverybody in the building as she hopefully has done already. Maybethis additional tool can help to promote the awareness that you havealready initiated and change people's concept of the environment thatthey are living in.

Thanks again, Marilyn

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What a way to start my day! Your website is the first thing I look at on the computer, every morning. Your beautiful pictures of those beautiful little animals, along with your most beautiful & sensitive writing, are all so precious and inspiring. I don't know how you get those animals to look straight into the camera. It's like they know you are taking their picture. Do they know what joy they are spreading to thousands of us earth-bound creatures? The squirrels are so darling and precious. I have to tell you about the squirrels that hang out around my place. Whenever I go out, front or back, they come for their handout. Actually, they come running! So I hold out a peanut, in the shell, between by thumb & forefinger, and they come running up to take it from my hand. They seem to prefer it this way, as even if I toss some peanuts to them, on the ground, they still want to get one handed to them personally. I can watch them from my kitchen window, sitting up on the fence munching on their peanuts. They give me such pleasure. Sometimes, when I happen to glance out the window, I see one sitting up on the fence, watching me thru the window, and by the time I go get the peanuts, he is waiting at my back door! I love to read your thoughts & writings about the birds & animals. So loving & sensitive. I pray God to give you many wonderful blessings for your devotion and dedication to bringing us these marvelous pictures & thoughts.

Jean (W).

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Some days you out-do even yourself. Today’s photos and your heaven-inspired comments, touch my heart in ways I cannot even express. Thank you for the beauty you give us every day.

With love and blessings, Rose Marie W, Palm Desert, CA

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Your photographs are absolutely amazing. Nothing short of magnificent. I have probably downloaded every photo on your website to a disc and I can't express in words the feeling of tranquility I always get when I sit back in my easy chair and just watch them go by one by one in a constant slideshow. Ever since I was a child I've had a very special love and fondness for raccoons. Your fantastic photos of these adorable creatures are hands down the best I have ever seen. I hope you realize that your interest and passion for Pale Male and his wild neighbors provides a much needed service not only for them, but to us people as well.

Best Wishes to You Always, Anonymous

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You continue to blow me away! Your photographs are INCREDIBLE!!! The jay photo is amazing. The opening photo is touching. I wish I had your skill. I wish I had your gear. I will settle - reluctantly - for the occasional glimpse into your beautiful mind and the beauty of Pale Male, Lola, their kids, and familiars.

Diana S Phoenix, Arizona

I love the last picture of Pale Male on the 19th. It should be called POWER TO THE HAWKS. Thank you again for all the wonderful pictures.

Donna C

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Now I'm ill reading this. Does this behavior sound like they are really going to make it permanent? I know this may sound like a stupid question, but I am really worried now. I just saw the two of them flying around and they both landed on top of the building directly across from the nest site (it has a long pole on top with the star) - it has the temperature and time display on it but I don't know what the name of this building is. The good thing about the nest site building is that I've really looked at this particular section of the building and it really doesn't appear to have any activity surrounding it at all. It is a completely separate section of grating that has plate glass in front of it so it is sort of private. I wish you could come up and see for yourself. Maybe I can make that happen if you are interested. My office is very small (only 8 of us) and my boss in currently in India. The other managing partner told me of Charlotte, his office is right there in great view. I originally only thought there was one bird, but he told me of the 2nd one so he was watching as well. Anyway, if you want to come up for a visit, perhaps we can arrange it. Just let me know if you are interested. In the meantime, tell your friend Mr. Cacace, I welcome any e-mails from him as well. I really want to see them thrive!!! Tks again for the e-mail - I look forward to hearing from you and I am going to keep watching. It's my daily ritual now.

Regards, Roberta E NYC

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Well, I am so pleasantly surprised!!!! - I just spotted both Palemale Jr and Charlotte flying around the building again. This is the first time I've seen them together. It's so thrilling!!!!! I really think there is a definite nest because she keeps flying back and forth with branches in her beak. Then she goes behind the glass and sits there. He is also flying around like crazy for hours now. Do you know the restaurant - Red Eye Grill on 57th and 7th? its definitely this building. I count approximately up to the 34th floor where there is a series of black gratings. It's almost to the top of the building but not quite. When I go outside around the corner it's really hard to see if you look up. You really can't see anything really from this vantage point. Then offices continue on up to the top. This grating area is directly across the street from my building and level to my floor (we are on 39th floor though). They are so cute today flying all around like crazy. I hope no one discovers the nest and kicks them out of it. I fear this you have no idea. Once they begin this behavior, will they continue building the nest or do they give up eventually? Please say a prayer that no one disturbs them. I have to get a pair of binoculars or something so I can get a better look. This is AMAZING. It's like having a nature program live in action!!!! I hope you are well. Have you seen Palemale senior lately? God, I would love to see him live some day!!!! Thanks for taking the time to write to me. I really appreciate it. Have a great day.

Regards, Roberta E NYC

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I wonder if one million years ago there was glorious flight -- the real deal. You're right -- the colors, the detail, the patterns, the cute noses for sure!

Thank you, you who do fly!! Kathy Reference to: http://www.palemale.com/february202007.html

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I first logged on to palemale after reading about your brave stand defending the nest, I think back around 2004. I've been logging on every day since! You are an authentic Hero and artist. I'm a Brit living in Spain, and a life-long birder and nature lover. A fellow Brit and friend who lives in Barcelona started a Spanish nature page doing a great job in a country where wild-life is under all kinds of threat. Have a look at www.iberianature.com and click on the forum (top right corner) then click on Birds and scroll down. You'll find I didn't waste time spreading the Palemale news.(my forum code is CDDI) I should have let you know earlier how much I appreciate your great contribution to environmental awareness. But I figured you must be struggling to deal with emails! Even though we may never meet I consider you very much a friend.

Best wishes, Derek Ive Barcelona, Spain

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I want to express my thanks to you for being such an artist with your lenses. Your artistic ability is only matched by your patience in making the beautiful images you take. Sharing your efforts so freely with a world populated by "just give me mine" attitudes is a statement of your gracious spirit. You have no idea how much your images enrich the lives of everyone who sees them. Your images of the creatures and environs of Central Park give everyone a reminder of what is of real value in this life. Your images inspire us all to actually do something every day to share our space on earth with the creatures we see in your images, but tend to think of as lesser beings which exist only for our amusement. So, take heart in the very real fact that your images are not "just pretty pictures". Your images inspire us all to do better things and be more noble to creatures we share our planet with.

Jeff

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(2/21/07) I saw a Hawk swoop past me while walking round the reservoir at 86th street with a pigeon in it’s clutches (which it promptly devoured) at around 17:20 and I wondered if you could tell me which one it was. Is this Lola? I have attached pictures. It was very exciting to see this as I had only just heard about the Hawks in Central Park and watched the movie no less than a month ago!

Kind regards, Mitali

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Morning,I just have to tell you how much I love the pictures of them sittingtogether. I don't think I've ever seen more perfectly matched companions.And, the cardinal photo today is absolutely breathtaking. We are in the midst of a snow squall in Pittsburgh this morning so openingtoday's treasures warms my heart! Thank you and take care.

Lynn, Pittsburgh

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Two weeks ago and one day this evening here in California my husband, Karl, passed the telephone to me and it was you on the other end calling me to apologize for the lost order of Pale Male from November FIRST it was so wonderful to hear you ! ! Second your assurance that, not only had another book been sent but TWO was amazing! I waited. So here we are two weeks and one day later and I am worried for no reason this eveing delivered were TWO books my husband's late Christmas present and another He has not left that georgous book for 1/2 an hour he may still be there THANK YOU so much worth the wait and then some You are wonderful I hope we see you in early March when we are in NYC, very briefly I have sent this message to you before you have brought somethings so beauteous to us on a daily basis all of our lives require the enrichment that you send to us but we need it also in real time you get it thanks for sharing OXOGMB

Sandra S., California