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The great one

By UrbanAnthropod, January 23, 2011 11:52 am

I remember the big hubub around 2004. I’d walk through the park near Conservatory Water and I’d see a bunch of people demonstrating. All the noise was about the removal of Pale Male’s nest. While I was able to cathc a glimpse of him through someone else’s spotting scope, I’d never seen him up close.

There was some sad news recently about Pale Male. His long-time mate, Lola, hadn’t been seen in a month. It’s presumed she perished since he started to court a new female in the area. So I was walking around Conservatory Water looking for the new mate. I had struck out last weekend but I did see that Cooper’s hawk instead!

As it was getting darker, I decided I’d just walk north towards home. Then I saw him on a low branch! Finally, I get to meet him up close. Pale Male flew off to a small bush and was watchful. I could tell he was looking at some prey item. He passed by a squirrel and kept looking at the ground. As I watched, people would pass by and ask what that was and if they are rare. All I could say was “They’re not that rare, but he’s a celebrity.” They’d just look at me as if I was a weirdo, but they’d be momentarily captivated by him.

He glided down to the ground and hopped back up onto another nearby tree and began eating a rat.

Looking at dinner.

Eyeing a rat

In the middle of his meal.

Pale Male after dinner

Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM Lens stabilized by a Manfrotto 190CX3Tripod

Geo

Just north of the nest along Fifth Avenue and 76th Street

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