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I so marvel at how you can get such beautiful pics from such a distance. The chicks are precious. Thank you again for giving me such a peaceful beginning to my day. Please don't stop photographing these fantastic creatures.

Mary Lou San Jose CA


It is very special to me that you have personally answered my email. I have been following Pale Male and Lola for about 5 years now and I am so amazed at those two making their home right in the middle of the city. I am not from New York but have been there a couple of times when my parents took me there on vacations. I love New York, it is a beautiful city and a beautiful state. I am from the Show-Me state of Missouri. I have the documentary on Pale Male and Lola and have watched it so many times and every single time, I laugh and I cry but mostly I smile and watch with amazement. You have done so much to capture their life in pictures and I applaud you for all of the wonderful and hard work that you do. You are also very amazing and I am thankful there is someone like you to give your time to bring us such beautiful photography of these two famous hawks. Your photographs can take me out of my town and put me in the heart of New York City and make me forget where I am. I am wanting to buy the book for a coffee table book although no one will see it but me, I can still have it at my finger tips and be able to get lost in the photographs without leaving my living room. Thank you again for taking the time to answer me. I know you must be very busy. Please keep up your great work, it is appreciated more than you will ever know.

Love, Denise G. Belton, MO.


Owning parrots opens one up to the inner world of birds. When I recently lost my favorite African grey, it would be hard to share the extent of grief. One becomes one with the bird(s). Itís that simple. Your connection and incredible pics with PM and Lola have made everyone closer to their inner world. Youíve done a marvelous job of translating your compassions and love of all creatures to all that come in touch with you. Stay with itÖ Sometimes the rainís gonna fall. The recent shots of the Greenwood cemetery RTHís and chicks are most awesome. Thank you for what you do. You make us all a little more human.

Sincerely, Paul P., Seattle, WA.







I am convinced, as you are that birds as well as any other animal have feelings. We had this conversation once and even added that I believed plants do as well.So at this time I relate to Lola and Palemale more than ever and I feel deeply what they are going through. I had myself miscarriages and I remember my sorrow when I lost a baby. Each time I was pregnant I was so happy and hopeful, anticipating with such joy the arrival of that child. It was my dream so I took the best care of myself because we were "Two". My whole life was around that future baby. And then I would loose it. I can't tell you the sadness and feeling of loss that sinks in. But as lonely as I felt I didn't want to show it convinced that most people would not understand, and I tried to console myself. I believed nature did things for a reason, so I accepted it. At the end I felt I was lucky to be healthy and I continued my life but I never lost hope.So I share Lola and Palemale's feelings intensely but I also don't want to loose hope for another time. On the other end those wonderful pictures of the baby hawks give me both, a great pleasure and a great sadness. Those little fluffy heads are absolutely adorable yet a reminder of what Lola and Palemale could experience and cherish. Truly it makes me terribly upset, particularly because I am convinced that the reason those eggs did not hatch is a consequence of human action, not of nature and that revolts me.Now, to look at the positive side, I take a real comfort to think that at least they have each other and Lola is not alone with her hopes or sadness. Palemale is there to share every stage with her, he is by her side every day and it is a consolation for both of them. It can be very hard to live through that experience alone. At least they are both healthy enjoying life as it comes, and soon they may meet their grand child!

Love, Dominique


These pictures of another pair of RTHs with their chicks -- SO wonderful, so full of hope. You captured their pride and the blatant hope in the future that they display, out of your own reservoir of hope, my friend. That is a reassuring feeling for me. Bravo (and not for the last time)!

It is therapy just to sit and gaze at those tender, fragile little souls with fuzz! Despite their awkwardness at the moment, you can tell that they are STRONG. And, this struck me while staring at them: they know exactly what they're doing, what they are supposed to do. And that is to eat, grow strong, stretch those little wings (one of the fuzzies is already practicing!), sleep and grow. AND, all this healthful work leads to that first flight. They're born with all this knowledge. Unlike US, they don't have to struggle, and backtrack, and seek therapy, and TRY so hard to grow! I have to laugh while reflecting on this!

You've provided us this awe-inspiring glimpse of the magic in nature (again, as you always do) and I thank you for 'gettin' out of town' to share these little souls and their parents with us -- your thousands and thousands of followers.

I'm very happy to hear that Frederic Lilien is back among us. I met him at a screening of Palemale, and signing last year, I think it was. He was so gracious to all the people clamoring to praise his work and meet him, after the screening!

I still vividly remember his remarks to the audience before the screening that night. He told us the story of his arrival in NYC, his feeling of being so alone, his being cursed with shyness, and gradually, learning photography and filmmaking. Obviously just waiting to be tapped. A story almost everyone could identify with -- I sure did. I joined the NYC Audubon Society and went away happy, with a copy of his film.

I've gone on long enough, but it was interesting to hear of your islands background (re the snow photograph). Makes sense to me. Did you arrive AS a photographer? Or learn it here? Just musing here.

Lincoln, keep it up as long as it's not HURTING you. You know better than any of us what your limits are. Stay well inside and outside, above all else.

We love you and your soaring talents, and that's obvious from the 'Recent...' section of your feedback forum. Bravo!

I thank you, and send you a great big grateful smile with these well wishes!!


You just find those "little stinkers" who are all the children.and grandchildren.......etc.....of Ple Male"

bravo!!!! I am so proud of you...and your pictue of all of these pics.........just makes our hearts sing.........

Penelope B.

I tuned in to your wonderful website as I have done first thing each morning for several years; your stunning photos and sensitive observations have always been the best way to start my day. How saddened I was and truly concerned for you as I read your honest and poignant outpouring; your sad and somewhat cynical words haunted me throughout the day.

I had just come back from a visit back home to NYC last week, having been disappointed at not meeting you in person at the boatpond. I had to depend on a telescope set up by another professional photographer at the bench but was thrilled to be able to see you at work, clambering around a balcony in a building near the nest, setting up your equipment. And it was also a joy to share Palemale stories with all the other people at the boatpond. There were groups of schoolchildren, families, and a lot of foreign visitors who had all made their own special trip to the park and were so full of enthusiasm and appreciation for you and the hawks. People waited patiently in line while each had a turn looking in the telescope. We all could see the top of Lola's head popping up in the nest from time to time, but I was the lucky one to watch Palemale land in the nest and literally pose for me, looking his gorgeous self as always, but this time LIVE!! What a wonderful afternoon we all shared.

Lincoln, the world is full of cruel and unthinking people, always has been, but there are also many of us who do care passionately along with you. What you have done so profoundly is to remind us that the incredible miracles of life do persist and survive in the face of adversity, even down to the tiniest bug that you have patiently photographed, with the same love you show to all creatures. Just imagine the endless ripples you created even on that one single afternoon I spent in Central park with those fellow visitors, who then undoubtedly shared their great experience with others..and others ....and so it goes....

Others have written responses to you today far more eloquently than me. My sentiments are like many of theirs. It would be such a terrible loss to us all if you gave up completely, although I certainly understand why you would want to. It is my hope that you take some much needed time for yourself and find a balance that works better for you; I agree with the writer who suggested perhaps a weekly website as a possibility. Whatever you decide to do, and it really is your decision to make, please know how much I and countless others have appreciated all you have given us, freely and willingly from your huge heart.

We love you XXXX

Valerie Kooyker Ft Lauderdale FL


We are all saddened by the lack of success with the new, unnatural nest; however, as disheartening as it is to see another year go by while Pale Male & Lola faithfully but futilely tend this nest we should all remember that the proliferation of Red Tailed Hawks in and around New York City stems from the initial adventurousness of one hawk: the One and Only (as you have called him) -- our own Pale Male. Be of good cheer, and thanks for going to get pictures of the other hawks.



Hello, My sister and I were visiting in NY for the first time this past week, to be with my niece who graduated from NYU with her masters degree. We found the nest and sat and watched for a while. Didn't see any hawks, nor other watchers. After reading your most recent notes I am presuming that the eggs failed. Your saddness comes through in your journaling, and you seem very exhausted with city life. I can certainly understand. I am fortunate to live in northern california, and I swear I will never again complain about the noise level here after a week in NY.

Anyway, I guess I mostly want to say thanks for all your hard work and caring on behalf of the hawks, and take care of yourself. Kathi P., Sonoma, CA


You bring so much joy and humanity to the web. I know you are sorrowful about Palemale and Lola and the failure they had. Your work is the bright face that New York needs. Your devotion and the wonderful photography is awesome. I never miss a day to view your page George G. Boise Idaho We were married in Riverside Church in NYC in 1944