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We have a nesting pair of Swainson'e Hawk in a wetland that is under eminent threat of being destroyed by a developer using a 404 permit. When should we expect hatlings? What is the behavior pattern to look for immediately before they hatch? After? Any suggestin on how to photograph them? They are in a nest about 60 feet high.

Thanks,

Remy S.

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I want to thank you again for so being so gracious in sharing the images you take of Pale Male and the other creatures in the city. Seeing all the many views of Pale Male in flight are just stunning. You capture how Pale Male articulates even individual feathers to control his movement through the sky. Only after seeing the way Pale Male uses his entire body to shape the necessary "airfoil" he needs at any particular instant does one gain a tiny understanding of the ability he has so totally mastered. All the different body shapes and aspects you patiently record are always breathtakingly new. It's beyond words to see Pale Male and every other creature living the full moment of their lives without the artificial need to be branded "cool". Your images and the selfless manner you allow them to be shared inspire me to appreciate the real virtues of life. The effort and time required for you to keep the images you provide on your website has to be exhausting. I want you to know your efforts are valued more than you'll ever know, but also should you need to take a "sabbatical" to recoup your energy, I will appreciate you no less. Your images and website are gifts that enable us be better human beings. Thank you, Jeff.

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Just wanted to say that today's photos are absolutely amazing! I haven't been able to visit the nest site for several years now, but I feel like I can continue to "keep close" to PM and all the other NYC hawks through your website. I'm sorry you've been feeling discouraged lately, and hope you can find the strength to continue. I also realize what an incredible amount of work it is keeping the website going, esp. when you're funding and managing it completely by yourself. (a full-time job, basically)

So. . . . .make sure you take care of yourself! Don't feel guilty if you need to take a vacation once in a while. All of us appreciate so much what you are doing, but you should only do it if it continues to bring you JOY!!! (judging by the pictures, it still does!)

Anyway, hope you are well!

Love, Aimee

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Just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful visuals. All your passion and energy is appreciated and valued. Keep up the great work. Mornings wouldn't be the same without your snapshots. **(Snapshots? L.)

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My 8-year-old and 6-year-old daughters just read "The Tale of Pale Male"with me tonight. I told them that I bet that if we searched on the Internetwe could find a picture of Pale Male. Holy cow were we amazed at thePaleMale.com site. The photography was beyond outstanding, and it was a realtreat to have something to show my daughters after reading Jeanette Winter'sgreat book. Thanks for the work you do on the site, it looks like a reallabor of love. Cheers, -Scott

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I'll add my thank you's and much gratitude to you - the dedication to and perfection of your photography of these magnificent hawks.........there are barely words to describe the feelings. I've come onto the site many times, but not daily, until this week. You are contributing to my daily life, and many others, with soul-touching and healing photos. I have a picture of Pale Male on my office door. Please be well, and know that many are surrounding you, in spirit, in this work you do.

Sincerely, Ann F. A. Somerville, NJ

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I have enjoyed your hawk photos - which are excellent and fantastic and I wanted you to know that without these, many would never see a Red Tail and follow them - beautiful birds. I have retrieved dead ones from the highway shoulders in Hartford, CT to eliminate useless damage to such beautiful birds. They ended up mounted in the Audubon offices.

Thanks again for sharing your work and what a fantastic opportunity you have to observe them like this.

Go Pale Male & Lola and all the little ones!

Richard O. South Windsor, CT

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It's wonderful to see that you did not choose to give up on your websiteand Pale Male and Lola. Its always refreshing to see all the beautifulpictures of hawks and all the other wonderful creatures that live inCentral Park that you have become the spokesperson for. Never give upsending out your wonderful compassion and views about Pale Male and Lolaand the plight of all creatures. One may not be able to change thewhole world but your voice is heard by everyone who visits your site andthat is an amazing thing and we take your special message with us aftereach visit. Keep up the good work and never give up. Enjoy thebeautiful weather and all the beauty around you every day. ~SherylWestboro, Massachusetts

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IN PREPARATION FOR MY ANNUAL VISIT TO NYC - AND MY THIRD ATTEMPT TO SEE PALE MALE - I GOT ON THE INTERNET AND SAW WHERE THE RESIDENTS OF THE CONDO ON 5TH. ST. HAD DESTROYED THE NEST IN DECEMBER. HOWEVER, WHEN ENTERING YOUR NAME I SEE MANY PHOTOS EVEN MAY. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN GO TO FIND PALE MALE AND LOLA'S NEST. I WILL BE LOOKING FOR THEM NEXT WEEK - TUESDAY - MAY 22ND. I DO SO HOPE THEY ARE OK. HAVE FOLLOWED HIM FOR YEARS. I WAS IN CENTRAL PARK LAST NOVEMBER - BUT WAS UNABLE TO SEE HIM; HOWEVER DID TALK TO SOME FOLKS WHO LIVE NEAR BY AND THEY WERE KIND TO GIVE ME AN UPDATE. THANK YOU, BARBARA B., FAIRFIELD, OHIO

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I arrived home from work last night to find that our GORGEOUS book had been delivered !! After spending a few hours working in our yard, we finally sat down to open our package. Lincoln….we are speechless !!! First and foremost, our book is beyond words - you have captured Pale Male and Lola in all of their majesty and beauty….and love…just as you do daily, but this book makes it permanent. But the “stuff” that you mentioned to me in your e-mail that you included with our book – THANK YOU SO MUCH !!! I NEVER expected to receive the calendar and the DVD and I am just thrilled to say the least with your generosity and I don’t know what to say. What a wonderful unexpected surprise you gave us. The book is so beautiful – the cover design is so unsuspecting, not taking away from what waits for you inside. The simple gold stamping of the title in the lower right corner is perfectly placed. All of the pictures of the loving couple so carefully photographed and phrases expressed on each page so filled with emotions. And of course your personal sentiments to us, touching our hearts and souls. We are and have been for a long time now, very attached to you and Pale Male and Lola and our book brings this relationship full circle. Our calendar, DVD and book will be cherished forever. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your world Lincoln, a world full of questions and uncertainty, but a world full of beauty if you know where and when to look.

To quote a phrase from my favorite musical artist, Dave Matthews –

“The thrill of it all -

Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, But I will work it out, And then I, I look up at the sky”

With much love and respect and gratitude, Lou and Franceen F.

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Thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful pictures you take. I checkyour site often and find them breathtaking. I am a new birdwatcher and yourpictures just warm my heart. Please don't get discouraged. We join with you in devotion for thesemagnificent beings.

Jeanne.

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Thank you for the beautiful and moving pictures in your website of Palemale and Lola. It thrills me that raptors are able to live in Central Park, NY. Your pictures capture the wonderful way they and other wild life have adapted to the habitat. Here in San Francisco, CA we have Peregrines that hunt in the concrete canyons of the city and nest on a metal mountain known as the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Thank you for your efforts to bring these beautiful animals into our consciousness.

Sincerely, Saundra Tickner

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Lincoln – Thanks for the beautiful documentary work you do. Your site is one of my favorites and your work is beautiful. One of your responders (emails posted this week, address above) asked about how your work and the story of Lola and Pale Male might have impacted people. As a corporate wife, I’ve had to move to three states, uprooting children and teenagers and even leaving one daughter behind to live with friends so she could finish her senior year of highschool. I’ve had to make new friends, establish new communities, make a new home each place, find my way about and ….well, on and on. Moving to NYC and the idea of living in a concrete jungle with nature very far removed was daunting. One of the most beautiful stories of living in this place was the one of Pale Male and Lola, told so well by Karim’s writing and photography on a daily basis. The sorrow of failing to thrive yet the devotion and duty, the attempt to make a life in harsh conditions… these I identified with and drew inspiration from them. I’m sad she hasn’t been able to hatch eggs since I have lived here. My children are flying our nest and we are, after a short stay, moving back to the west. But this story will stay with me and it will be something that I’ll continue to keep up with. Please keep doing what you are doing, Lincoln. You are giving a window to the world and telling a story that otherwise would not be documented. It is a story only you are able to capture and tell.

Cheers, A. Morton

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With respect to your recent comments, "please know this site's days are numbered" why not consider an alternative?

Pace yourself. Take a "vacation" from the website and take care of personal business. Take a week off, or take two weeks off and take care of personal business. Or slow down and do weekly, or bi-weekly, or monthly updates instead of daily updates. Just let us know what time off you need to take from doing updates and we will understand that, and we will come back and visit your site when you say you feel ready to do a new update, whether that is a week or two weeks or a month from now. But by all means take care of your personal business as you need to, and then come back to update the website as you are able. I love your website, and I visit it nearly every day to see what NY's RTHs are up to. But please don't let your passion for the RTH's wear you out along the way! Just slow down and pace yourself as you need to!

Best Regards,

Steve B. Santa Rosa, CA

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Today, on Mother’s Day, you have given all of us a wonderful gift. Thank you for continuing to bring to the world your wonderful photographs, thoughts, and inspirations through the lives of Pale Male and his faithful and loyal Lola. In a world filled with cynicism, ambivalence, and fear, in this small way, you show us that always there is hope – that life perseveres in its most simplistic fashion through adversity – and, is beautiful and wondrous. Those of us who follow the tale of Pale Male and Lola, owe you a debt of gratitude for your personal sacrifice in bringing their story into our lives – it’s the spark that helps us to appreciate life each and every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Linda R.

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I have been taking care of a Mallard who nested in the courtyard of a building in DC. The babies hatched last Sunday. I and several licensed and experienced rescuers have been trying to capture Mom (babies are easy to catch), and it has not gone well. Today, after a morning of trying to "get Mom," I found one of the babies dead four hours later. I am only telling you this so that you know that we all literally suffer when our dreams for a happy life for our friends don't come true. My hope now has changed from relocating the whole family to a successful rehabilitiation/raising of the eight babies who are left. They are so precious. Think good thoughts for us, please.I don't want you to publish this; I just wanted you to know that we have a bond--that bond being our love of the animals. I think we share it with a lot of good people, despite the self-centered jerks of the world who think that nature is here for our amusement or worse.Please let us know how Red is doing.

Thanks and love,Adrienne

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