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December 27, 2006

This sturdy fellow cruised in front of Palemale on Wednesday morning. Palemale was sitting on the Beresford SE tower keeping a keen eye on the majestic eagle as it soared almost at the same level of the Beresford window. This photograph was taken from the downhill path leading west from the Delacorte Theater as the eagle cruised over the West Drive at 81st Street - 10:24 AM, December 27, 2006.

The eagle soared from over the West Drive, across the Locust Grove and then toward the Great Lawn. As I reached the Great Lawn he gave a few flaps and proceeded north over the reservoir where he disappeared from my sight - 10:26 AM, December 27, 2006.

He flew low over Central Park, but hopefully still high enough for the Carriage Horses and those poor animals chained and imprisoned in the Central Park Zoo to see this living symbol of freedom.

It is my wish that someone out there can see this and realize that these creatures are best viewed without shackles, and transmitters and bands. Also, imagine what will happen at midnight on December 31st when fireworks begin to shoot wildly into the sky. Can we guarantee that he won’t be flying over the Lake then? Is it necessary to be so selfish when we feel it necessary to celebrate?

Palemale watching the eagle from the Beresford.

A crow inside the Great Lawn Wednesday morning.

Canada Geese resting in Turtle Pond.

Palemale performing the delicate task of scratching his ear.

He was perched in a tree over the Still Hunt on the East Drive.

All images above photographed Wednesday December 27, 2006.

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