They live among us and yet how often have you seen a hawk? I mean other than circling high above in the sky when you’re driving or soaring on a wind current? No, I mean a real live close-up view of a Red Tail Hawk. Most everyone thinks New York City is just a teeming mass of people hurrying from one place to another, ginormous stone and granite buildings, miles of sidewalks, chugging buses and speeding taxis….and of course the Empire State building and Times Square.
Of course there is more to our city than that, so much more I should actually start another blog just about NYC. But until then, let me remind you about Central Park. Purposefully planned by the city commissioner and executed by the world class team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park is a verdant oasis in the middle of the high rise landscape of Manhattan.
And it is here, in Central Park, where much wildlife abounds; One of my favorite denizens are the Red Tail Hawks. The life and times of Pale Male and his famous mate Lola and the removal of their nest from a Fifth Ave Co-op and the uproar and scandal that ensued have been well-documented in the newspapers and in film. Well, Pale Male may have lived on Fifth Avenue but he surely ate in Central Park.
Here are some wonderful photos taken by Murray Head of a young Red Tail Hawk who went out looking for his lunch.
All Photos Courtesy of Murray Head
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