High above New York's Central Park, a truly remarkable event is unfolding. In the midst of this busy city, a bold and daring red-tailed hawk has taken up residence. Affectionately known to locals as "Pale Male," the hawk courts, breeds, and hunts as its devoted urban fans root for its survival. After unexpected perils, triumphs, and tragedies, onlookers gaze in rapt anticipation as the hawk's chicks prepare to take their first tentative flight from a nest on the ledge of a luxury apartment building. Filmed over a six-year period, "Pale Male" is a rare glimpse of the survival techniques of one of nature's great predatory creatures, and a surprising account of the magical relationship humanity can have with nature. Written by
I had no clue, before seeing this by chance last night, that one of New York City's most famous residents is a red-tailed hawk. The story of Pale Male's exploits was so enjoyable that it inspired me to search all over the Web for the copious information I found on him. Hawks apparently live 12-13 years, but this fellow has been captivating otherwise jaded New Yorkers for well over a decade. Four wives, 26 chicks, and termed a "one-bird pigeon snuff squad" for his falcon-like hunting habits, Pale Male is something of an institution in Central Park. Almost enough of an inspiration to use my "air miles" for a trip to the Big Apple to see him while he's still around!
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