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If Palemale and family were in the UK there would be a huge number of people looking after them (RSPB, RSPCA and Wildlife police) what has happened to Palemale and family would never have happened as disturbing a nest of any wild bird is a criminal offence when the nest of Palemale was removed the people responsible for removing it would have been prosecuted to the full extent of the law when I read it on the news on my phone it was upsetting for me and my staff as a beautiful bird was removed from it nest site. When the nest site was replaced we ere very happy, Hoobercrags Falconry will support you all the way.

Best Regards
Hoobercrags Falconry

Mail about this day's posting:

Just another note of thanks for your wonderful photography. I loved the Mockingbird tribute. Your site is sure a great way for me to end my day.

Diane N. Santa Barbara


Hi there, just wanted to let you know that about a year ago we had a lonely mocking bird that sang all day and all night, I found out that the reason he does that is because he is looking for a mate. I live in Austin, Texas. Have a Happy Easter.

P.S. I look forward to opening your web site everyday to view your wonderful work.

Sylvia G. Chief Clerk's Office


Thank you for the exquisite photos of one of my favorite Birds. In the Spring summer and fall, there is One who does his concert from one of the chimney tops of the beautiful refurbished Brownstone on the corner across the street, from me on 75th. Because I have my windows open all year except for the occasional winter assault off the river, I can hear his arias begin. He sings first to the east then turns to the south, then to the west and then to the North, that's me. Each presentation lasts a few minutes, and I believe he repeats it, on each direction. His repetoire is extensive, beautiful and most of all his song warms my heart. thank you for sharing your reaction, I understand completely.

Meg Myles


Loved the pictures of the mockingbird on the site today. We "grow" generations of mocks in our neighborhood and delight in singing back at them ("birdy, birdy, birdy"). They lend music to our yard, along with our cardinals, grackles (really comical fellows), wrens, and blue jays. Going broke buying all the bird seed but definitely worth it!

Hoping for the first hatched egg for Pale Male and Lola around April 5th or so. My calendar is marked and fingers are crossed. Keep up the great work!


Lincoln - I loved your pictures of the mockingbird in Riverside Park today. However, it most likely a male bird - males sing to protect their territory and to attract females. See the excerpt below from this PBS website

In most species, a male bird owning a territory is essential for attracting a female and breeding successfully. Males claim a territory by singing in it. They generally use shorter, simpler songs for territorial defense. They are addressing their songs to rival males. These territorial songs carry over long distances and convey detailed information about the location and identity of the singer. Gaps in the song enable the singer to listen for replies, and determine where their rival is and how far off.

Birds can distinguish neighbors from strangers by individual differences in their songs. Males use this information to concentrate their defense efforts. They will not react aggressively against a neighbor as long as he stays on his own territory. But a singing stranger could mean a threat to the territory; a strong response is required to see this potential invader off.

When they are trying to attract females onto their territory, males become operatic. They sing longer and more complex songs. Females listen, but do not generally respond. Male great reed warblers, for example, sing long and elaborate songs when advertising for females. The females will spend several days visiting a selection of singing males before making their decision. They prefer to mate with males singing the most complex songs with the largest repertoire. Large song repertoires are an advantage in many birds, because they increase a male's attractiveness to females.

Bill B. Operations Manager Brooklyn, NY


This is a lovely story. But I must take exception to one thing you seem to think. That mockingbird's song is never wasted, never useless no matter who is there to hear it. Like the tree falling in the wood, it is what it is, and does what it does. She sings because she must (and I like to believe that she's also serenading herself.

YOU HEARD IT!! And in the end, that's what counts. YOU were her audience from afar. And Lincoln, maybe she was calling to her kin but you were there and YOU ARE deserving of her song. And so much more!

So there!

Love and kudos, Kathy


Dear Lincoln,

A very long day if you are still at work. Sweet of you to take the time to write, thank you.

I understand how busy you are and I really didn't expect a reply to most of the emails as they were written to support you.

I am so happy that you enjoyed meeting Dan and Mari. They are both very warm, kind hearted, peaceful people.

I will look forward communicating with you again.

Sleep well. Pat

Dear Pat, Sorry for my poor correspondence with you but please know that I read all your mail. I always postpone my replies hoping I can do a better one when I have the time I then I fall back badly. Once Super Tuesday is over I'll write again. Your Son and daughter in law were very warm and meeting them just made my day especially when they told me about you. I promise I'll write again after Tuesday. I'm writing from work so you can see what long days I am having--but only this week it's this hectic.

Love, Lincoln

Hello Lincoln,

You met my son Dan in Central Park today. He and his wife Mari met you before there. They think you are the greatest.

A few months ago you called me and we spoke for awhile when I purchased Pale Males picture. It was so cool of you to do and I enjoyed speaking with you. Every now and again I shoot you an email but you never reply.

My son sensed that you were sad, then tonight while checking out your pictures I read your writing and I understand the why of your sadness.

Lincoln, I love how you love them, all of them, all those dear sweet little birds, humorous squirrels and very proud beautiful red tails. You respect them all, the insects, the rodents, the pigeons all of them and it matters not to you how looked down upon they are by most. You are filled with righteousness and love I hope you are able to absorb all the good feelings that people have for you because of what you do and who you are. You are so respected.

There are many of us who share with you the same sense of respect for wildlife and the ugliness of man that brings potential harm to our sweet little ones. It is good and necessary for us to do what we can to make it safe for them, sometimes it will work and sometimes it may make things worse. The very act of trying to make it better is absorbed as something positive by the universe. That positive energy will be beneficial if not to the issue at hand but will flow to another and there will be a positive change.

The moon, the stars, the sun, look down and knows all and absorbs all. Lincoln, we walk hand and hand with the ugliness that surrounds us but we also can see the beauty of a setting sun, pale males face, a soft floating cloud, or feel the warmth of a gentle rain upon our face. Let the goodness embrace you and bring it into your soul because you have earned this right and deserve nothing less.

Never forget, Lincoln, they (our little ones) need you and we need you too.

Always a friend. Pat M. Cohoes/Albany NY


Lincoln, I had a beef w/ASPCA so I took the opportunity to address the NYC Carriage Horses plus animal fighting. I did a copy paste from the email I sent them in regards to what I know is important to you. Loved your captions today. Have a good evening. Pat McGuire Cohoes/Albany I will continue with another topic while I am in a mood to voice my opinion regarding my disappointment with ASPCA. It is my belief that ASPCA oversees the NYC Carriage horses, if this is a fact, all I can say is shame on you for allowing this horrible practice to go on. I thought you people were suppose to be protecting animals, you are not protecting these horses. As long as these animals are forced to live in this horrible existence ASPCA fails. I shiver with contempt that ASPCA who is suppose to be such a credible honorable organization would allow this to continue. You allow these poor animals to be on the streets of New York City with the screaming traffic and sucking in all the pollution from the motor vehicles, how do you sleep at night when it is within your power to stop this and you don't? Please do something about this it is not fair, right or just. Thank you. Yet onto another subject... I would also like to see ASPCA put more pressure on law enforcement and law makers to uncover and punish people who are in any way involved in dog fighting or cock fighting. This is a vile, unacceptable practice that needs to be stopped. They need to be found and held accountable for their despicable behavior. I read Charity Navigator I know how much ASPCA takes in so I know the funding is there and I know money is power...use it damn it.


Lincoln; Great study on the hawks & animals of Central Park! The photo sequence of the eagle catching the fish in Des Moines was spectacular. Please know that we support your work,& share every day.Best - M.F.D. Hatboro,Pa.


Good morning L,

Thank you so much for your email. I have to say, you are amazingly talented. My husband and I look at your pics daily and are in awe of such beautiful wildlife. On our last trip to the city, we found Pale Male's nest, but unfortunately didn't see him or Lola.

Thanks again for your lens information -

Your fans from Houston,

Rhonda M.


My dear Lincoln,

I'm smiling with great warmth to think I may have given you "luck" while in Iowa/NH. Thank you for your kind words. The magnificent photos you took, especially of the bald eagles fishing & soaring, were beyond words.

Lincoln, thank you, thank you for sharing so selflessly, day after day after day, your dedicated, gifted ability to let us see through your camera's eye the wonder of & intimate life of Pale Male, Lola, their kids & so many of their other Central Park/New York friends. And your beautiful, insightful, inspiring words accompanying.

I've shared your wondrous web site with so many & they can't wait to see it each day too now.

Don't ever let the narrow-minded "can't-think-outside-the-box" bureaucrats get you down. Remember I'm here, giving you hugs of thanks & encouragement. And yes, I will stay in touch.

Love, Janice


hi lincoln,

every day, i visit, and i enjoy your photos!! thanks for sharing!

one question: do you have a new camera since your vacation? i guess, your pictures are much more better, than before.

greets from berlin jeannette


Hi dear friend Lincoln,

It was difficult not seeing Pale Male every day while you were gone but I really enjoyed all your other finds at your destinations.

Now that my husband and I have seriously taken up daily hawk hunting photoshoots, we understand why you call them stinkers! :))) I don't know how on earth you can get such fantastic shots every day while on foot! We're in an SUV so we can go off road if necessary and follow them as best we can and it's crazy! We're going to get smacked in the rear one of these days!

Luckily, we have several in areas and neighborhoods where it's do-able. Right now we are trying to find nests while the trees are bare, so were can continue to check during nesting and fledging. We have four nests near our home, in a suburb of Buffalo, and I hope at least two will be active.

We have noticed hawks hanging out on the nest trees on the warmer days lately, so that's exciting! They haven't done that til very recently. I expect to be seeing them bringing fresh twigs to the nests soon, then we'll know which nests to watch.

Buffalo also has a Peregrine Falcon family downtown to keep up with this spring.

I know you're extremely busy and probably don't have time but just in case, this is my RTH set on Flicker:

Lincoln, I also hope things are going well in the fight to ban the carriage horses. I've heard many people are now more vocal about it and I'm sure you've helped foster awareness. Good luck.

Take care and stay healthy and happy, and know you are much appreciated! I'd never be into my hawk photography without all the inspiration I get from you!

Vicki K.(~Sage~ on Flickr) Amherst NY


Aloha, Lincoln! Just curious, but whatever happened to Jr.'s baby (presumably on Roosevelt Island)? As another supporter said, I too would give you (if I had it) $1 million for all you do for ALL wildlife in CP and elsewhere! You're God's guardian angel over all of His awesome animals. Take good care ..... Joe


Lincoln I have fowarded your email to the Saulte, she will be thrilled!!! thanks friend, you keep us going as well! Love d.j

In a message dated 1/23/2008 11:59:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Dear Friend from Saulte, Thank you for staying in touch. I'm impressed that you are watching from so far away. You help to keep me going.

Love, Lincoln

----- Original Message ----- From: To: Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 11:01 PM Subject: fan mail

Well if you ever engage him in conversation, convey greetings from Up North and tell 'im we recognize unusual talent. My god shooting birds must be a whole lot more fun than shooting politicians....with a camera!

Lincoln, from a friend in Saulte Saint Marie Canada...who loves your pictures of Pale Male and Lola and all your other "Fur/Feathered Friends"


Hi Lincoln,

I wanted to share an update on Pale Male (specifically, the lack of nesting success) with Hawk Mountain members. Can you send a photo for this use? I think something that shows Pale Male at the nest since that is what the info will be about.

You have so many fabulous photos I thought it might be easier to just ask you to do the selection. I do appreciate your help, and would be happy to make a donation for this one time use. I also will need the proper photo credit you would like to use. It can be name and/or website.

Mary Linkevich Communication & Grants Manager

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

1700 Hawk Mountain Road

Kempton, PA 19529



I can not tell you how much your pictures brighten my day. I check your pictures everyday. Loved the eagles and the story about the little girl. Keep up the good work. You are appreciated.



I had a very special visitor today. I thought I would share it with you. Is this a Red-tailed hawk? I had seen one in Central Park last year, but was amazed to see one sitting on my terrace railing this afternoon.

I quickly ran to get my camera, but it's been acting up and the zoom didn't work. I have sent you two of the photos I was able to take. I also got a video file.

The bird was so big and beautiful. My 17 month old daughter and I marveled at it for at least 5 minutes. I am not sure how long it had been sitting there. I feel so fortunate to have seen it.

The poor thing had an icicle hanging from its beak - it was so cold today!



Dear Lincoln,

Just opened my browser and see your new page - how in the WORLD do you manage to always make such splendid photographs! I cannot imagine - you must find the time, the patience, you must know so well the birds (and the other animals) - and you have such amazing eye for detail, what can I say - the whiskers - this owl's eyes, the hairs, the feathers, the way Lola prepares her landing, all this, you enable us to see it as we would never be able to see it ourselves, 'cs we don't have your eyes nor patience nor creativity / imagination to catch it when we'd see it! Let alone record it. Yes, when at my parents' farm, I often take lots of time to watch birds, to be quiet and see what is around me, to study insects, but - the way you do it is beyond imagination.

Thanks so much again!


Back in December 2004 during a holiday visit to NYC, my daughter and I happened upon the demostrations across from 927 Fifth. We joined the protest (even contributing some of the chants!) befotre returning to Boston.

That incident was transformative -- an epiphany of sorts about city life and what makes up the idea of 'community'. I have drafted a Christmas story of 1000 words about the events of December 2004. It reads as a kind of urban fable although based solidly upon the truth.

I know that other books have been written (or about to be published) on Pale Male and Lola). I believe that my verse poem with illustrations of your photographs from that incident could be the basis of a charming Christmas book and, possibly, holiday cards for fundraising.

Would you be interested in seeing a draft and possibly meet with me next time that I am in New York to visit my daughter??

Thank you.

Thomas S.


Hello L,

It was great to see Pale Male and Lola again today...I want to thank you for sharing the photographs from Iowa and New brought the beauty of the Bald Eagles up close...we could see all the feathers...great photos...thanks again,

Norma H.


Dear L,

Your images never fail to impress. Love the photos, they are great to see, and I look every day. Your eyes are they eyes we look through every day.

Nan H.


Once again, I have no words except "thank you" for sharing your wonderful photos and experiences. Your photos from Des Moines are spectacular, taking nothing away from your regular haunts in New York.

Shelley G.


I have been with DEC for 36 yrs. I work in White Plains Suboffice for the Division of Water with the Engineering staff who regulate and inspect wastewater treatment plants and try to improve water quality. However, I am not always proud of the way our dept handles wildlife issues. I am totally against hunting. Each day I log onto your Palemale site and also in the spring I keep my eye on Kaver and Mariah, the Kodak falcons in Rochester.

Keep up the good work. So many people love the story of Palemale and Lola. I do hope they will be able to have babies this year but I am thinking that maybe Palemale is too old! I certainly hope not. What a love story they are.

Thank you again.

>>> Lincoln_Karim S Karim 1/17/2008 10:42 PM >>> Dear Beth, Thanks for sending me the song--I enjoyed it. What area of the DEC do you work? Are you familiar with Ward Stone? I'm flattered that you admire my work and hope I continue to keep you watching.

Love, Lincoln

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:48:48 -0500From: ezicca@gw.dec.state.ny.usSubject: Song Mentioning PaleMaleTo:

Yes, I work for NYSDEC and have been a long time admirerer of your work.

A friend of mine who knows of my love of Palemale sent me a download of a song called "Down Here Below" by Steve Earle since it mentions the honorable one.

I thought you might be interested in hearing it.

Regards, Beth


Dear L,

I have been looking at your Iowa shots in awe that there really are so many magnificent Eagles there, it almost makes me want to trudge to the frozen north to see them all! We have Bald Eagles here, especially in the western part of the state where there are two large lakes areas. Unfortunately they also shoot them over there and the center I volunteer at has already seen 3 that have been shot since Christmas. Unbelievable why people shoot any wild animal, much less one so majestic. Good news, there are more eagles than there used to be, they are making a comeback here. Bad news, more seem to get shot. Your photos of them are stunning and I have been enjoying them. Thank you.

Sally S, Prospect, KY


There simply are no words to describe those eagles. All I can tell you is that on that first day when you posted that ice fisherman I wept openly. You are a conduit if grace. I canít wait for the day I get to see your face so I can hug you and thank you for all the joy you bring me.

May Peace be with you always,

Simone in Glendale