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What beautiful poetry about the Wind, Palemale and you! I hope you will put in book form one day for all of us who don't have the sensitivity of your soul to enjoy.



We were in NYC while you were in DC. We did hope to get a glimps of you, alas. The redtails did their usual thing for us during our few days near them; they displayed their dear selves gloriously for us, so/and it was hard to leave but you make it easier with your wonderful photos and we say "I know exactly where they are in this picture...........!" as always,



Live and die with this nest...if I count correctly, it might be thursday... if this one egg miracle were to happen, it would be on my birthday... Any news on when PM part 2 might be airing? love what you do, believe in and stand for!! peace!!



My name is James M, I am an independent filmmaker living in New York City. I am continually blown away by your photographic chronicling of the Red Tail Hawks here in NYC. I am currently working on a film project about the city and desperately want to include a few brief shots of the hawks. I was wondering if it would be possible to accompany you one weekend to capture some footage of the hawks.

Sincerely, James M,

Thou Art That Productions, LLC.


Thank you for all your pictures! Wow!

I am hoping for a whole book........about the Lola and Pale Male pair!

there is a woman.......lady.....who lives in Wyoming......she found an orphan coyote.......(parents killed)..she has adopted is now one year later.......I would like you to tell me if you would be interested........I will give you a subscription.......IF you are interested!

Please look! Penny


The photo of the "unidentified bird over the Elipse just south of WH", taken between 3/35-3/29/08 is an Osprey. They are most commonly seen near bodies of water since their diet consists almost solely on fish. Osprey are fascinating to watch as they dive in pursuit of their meal. Your photographs continue to inspire around the world, and a day rarely goes by without my checking in on your outstanding website. You and Pale Male are indeed great ambassadors for our earth's precious species.

Carol T, Menlo Park, CA


Like everyone, I love your pictures. I've been visiting yourwebsite for several years. Your DC raptor is an Osprey. Surprised you didn't know it.We have a lot of them in my part of southeastern Massachusetts. A common name is "fish hawk."



Greetings from a frequent visitor. Your photos are just spectacular, and we so appreciate your devoted coverage of Pale Male and Lola over the years. It's a lovely thing to bring these beautiful raptors so close to us all.

We wanted to let you know that your unidentified bird in Washington (flying over the elipse) is an osprey, another wonderful raptor we enjoy watching. It is a "fish hawk". They winter as far south as South America, and return around this time to begin their nesting season. Here is a wonderful "osprey cam" you might enjoy:

Thanks again for sharing your experiences with us. We're happy you're out there.

Elaine & David


I love your your website. I know you are an advocate of wildlife. I don't know if you are aware of the grey wolf hunt that will be going on in some of the western states. The grey wolf was taken off the endangered species list and is no longer under federal protection in other words it is open season on the grey wolf. I don't think this is right at all. Maybe if all of us who follow your website got together and pettion it might help the grey wolf. Please get the word out and let's see what we can do.

Liz, Kew Gardens, Queens


Your pictures are so beautiful they make me almost cry. Its been awhile since I looked. Thank you always for your devotion to honoring such beauty.

I hope you are well.



I was heavy at heart because of the slaughter of baby seals in Canada...March and April being when the killings are at the height, so I was happy to see your wonderful photographs of the seal . What great expressions you have captured...

Thank you so much,

Sincerely, Norma Harris


Hi, Iím from the province of Quťbec, Canada. I love birds, especially raptors. I love to see them fly but once they do you canít see them for long. The pictures you take are just incredible. You take a lot of pictures from a certain height, so we can follow the birds in flight. Seeing details we wouldnít at that distance from the ground. Itís just like flying with them.

It bring so much beauty to the red tail hawk, that it is poetry. Thank you so much for sharing those moments with us, I hope that you could continue for ever to do so.

Alain R.


Hello, and thank you very much for all your beautiful, inspiring photographs and advocacy!

I just wanted to let you know that the large nest out in front of the Whitney is actually part of the Biennial, and not at all a joke, nor any attempt to harm Pale Male and Lola in any way. In fact, I think you will really appreciate the artist's perspective on animals, humans, and the city. The nest is an eagle's nest, part of an installation called "Animal Estates" by Fritz Haeg. The idea is to create homes for "animal clients", the ones that would have lived on that very block 400 years ago (in this case, a bald eagle). There are several others inside the museum:

This is from

As political actions, Haegʼs initiatives subvert the idea that humans are the earthʼs apex species by alleviating our alienation from our environment, our food, and each other. Artistically, they challenge viewers and participants to diversify their own daily routines in favor of poeticism and positive interaction in all regards. (

And I think you will really appreciate the artist's thoughts about animals that he outlines in his section "Some Early Thoughts About The Project":

Hopefully this helps-- and you can educate the others as you have done so many times before!

Thanks, Betsy


Your Palemale and Lola website is really incredible. I check it everyday and I absolutley love the artful and loving way you care for the New York City wildlife through the pictures you take.

Regarding the Long Eared Owl. I notice that there haven't been any pictures of him/her. Was the LEO in Central park a stopover on migration or is he/she a permanent resident to the park?.

I live at the foot of Inwood hill park and wonder if owls have been sighted there at various times.

Kind regards, Erika, NYC


Discarded Parts-Whitney Museum

Like other artists in this Biennial, Caesar seems to question an artist's role in a world filled with useless objects that are consumed one minute and abandoned the next.

If any theme emerges, it is in the reuse and transformation of discarded parts and found images. Fritz Haeg's enormous bird's nest perched over the Whitney's front entrance provides something of a sustainable tour de force. (Hopefully real birds will find it.)






No! That is not a joke...the exhibit at the Whitney is by an artist named Fritz Hoeg. He does "animal estates"; housing.......(nest-boxes, shelters, etc.) in places where animals have been driven out by humans. He does this in urban and suburban places.......many times hidden. His exhibition is to encourage people to do the same. To provide shelter and protection to encourage animals to come back to places they used to live. The nest on the outside of the Whitney is an "eagle's nest"; and it is there to let people know about the exhibition! No eagle (or hawk for that matter) is going to nest so low. I am hoping he gets a lot of interest.......our animals need all the help they can get! I have a "duck house" in my pond in Santa Barbara; currently a mallard female is sitting on her eggs in it! Safe from predators! I missed you at the hawk telescope on Saturday....I saw pale male.....Lola was hunkered down...and when I went down to Soho, for business; I looked up.....and there was the male of that pair on the school (I think) soaring over the buildings!! What a thrill! Because of you; I knew exactly who it was!

BRAVO!!! Penny


Loved the picture of the seal with the hand over his eyes. It looks like he was saying, "On no, Linc found me!" :-)


I know your are very busy and it's understandable if you don't write back right back. I was just noticing this season that you are not showing any photos of Pale Male and Lola sitting on their nest, you are just showing them in flight during next exchanges. Is this symbolic of not wanting to get your hopes up too high until you are sure that there is a definite hatch this year? I feel the same way, like if we the people don't peek too into Gods miracle at work high above the city this year there may be a surprise for all of us in a few more weeks. I love all your other pictures and how your are following the other red tail pairs. My strongest prayers are with Pale Male a and Lola for a successful hatch this year and to finally see some chicks. I became a devoted fan in late 2004 when the nest was taken down, I've never seen their little ones so I'm hoping hard 2008 will be the year. It's kind of like waiting for my beloved Redsox (I'm from MA) to win a World Series back in 2004, it had to happen, and it finally did.

I wish them luck and to you, continue taking those wonderful photographs of them and all the beautiful creatures.

Take care,



Lincoln itís wonderful to see these wild little elephants who donít yet know how to use their trunks to drink, figuring it out ó always with a mommy or brother or sister nearby to keep the little one safe.

First you will see one trying to figure out how to reach the water from the bank, unsuccessfully attempting to get water into its mouth with its little trunk, and finally going in head first, and later there is another little one that is gently helped to lie in the pond and wallow, with all the bigger elephants so gently stepping around it.

I think you will enjoy this. Eleanor


You made me laugh and almost weep with joy at the photos of the seal I'm now calling Hudson. What photographic masterpieces! I've sent them to all of my neighbors at the Boat Basin. To see his beautiful teeth, the way his hair looks so healthy and thick and how relaxed and comfortable he seems, makes me incredibly happy - really just thrilled. Thank you a billion times!

Leslie Day


I am a New Yorker who recently moved to Orlando, Florida. I am always talking about moving back, since I miss the Big Apple so much. I've always known about Pale Male and Lola, since I was a New York City tour guide for about 12 years, but somehow never paid as much attention to them... (sorry!). Recently my wife and I have become amateur birders- and now I look forward to your shots every day... Clinging to them like my little strand-like connection to NYC. Your pictorial diary of these and other birds is a soothing and comforting reminder that there is wildlife in the city, and that whenever we do go back, we have plenty waiting for us there. I have also never seen pictures as beautiful as yours. THIS IS NO EXAGGERATION. I am not saying this as an empty praise. Every picture I see is prize-winner! Thank you for your work and your dedication. I assure you, your page is seen, visited, and appreciated the world over. Thanks again!

Alex An Avid New Yorker


Did the Houston Street mother to be get untangled from the plastic bag she used to build her nest. I was worried when I saw that picture.


(Yes she did get her foot free, L.)


I am a falconer from Georgia and love to look at your photographs. What type of camera and lens do you use? Your work is wonderful

Jonathan W.


Did you see if the Mom did eventually get her foot free of the plastic bag? Or if she still has it stuck?

Thanks, Karen (The Houston St Mom did get her foot free, L.)


Did she get loose from the plastic? I am also worried that the eyasses could get caught up in the plastic. Is her mate around or is he the hurt one that they are trying to rehabilitate?Can you identify the numbers on the leg band? Could this be Ziggy? We appreciate your watching over them.

Fondly, Diane, Reilly & Sonia


Once again you are such a generous giver & sharer of such immensely creative joy! What is the dramatically striped bird of prey on your 3/21 posting? And, speaking of mockingbirds - they are one of my favorites too. What talent! I still don't know whether they innately know all those songs in their repertoire or do they have to hear a song from another bird first, then they add it to their list of "songs to sing to attract the babes & warn away the competition"?

Love & hugs, Janice in Coronado, CA