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Just Look Up!

By UrbanAnthropod, February 7, 2011 11:33 pm

Sometimes all you have to do is look up. Ever see those tourists who have never been to downtown Manhattan who spend a great deal of time with their heads turned up? Just imagine what it was like 50 years ago when someone from the suburbs or country would take a train into the city. Picture them getting out of the station and seeing so many skyscrapers. It must’ve been awe-inspiring. These days we get jaded by the idea of such things. Most people who live in New York don’t look up enough. And they end up missing out on things.

I’ve learned to look up. Since I began watching the hawks and other raptors in this city, I know to look up. I’ve adjusted my route to work so I walk along Central Park. This has afforded me multiple opportunities to run into raptors. It’s also a nice route since it runs along the portion of 5th Avenue known as Museum Mile. along this stretch of town are old houses and mansions that have been converted into various Museums. So the architecture is a mixture of old an news… and sometimes what the future was meant to look like.

People have this idea that Pale Male’s territory stretches to the reservoir. But the truth is, I’ve seen him further north. And as per my instructions in this post, I know to look up. Today, it definitely paid off. As I passed the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, I noticed a bird on a chain linked fence on the roof across the street. On closer inspection, it was none other than Pale Male!

Gargoyle

Like a gargoyle watching the museum, he stood majestically.

**Shot with an Olympus PEN E-PL1 using a Panasonic 45-200mm MEGA OIS Zoom lens.

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