New York Times Feature Article
"We can only draw conclusions from the hawks' behavior, since we can't see in the nest," said Marie Winn, a Manhattan naturalist and author. She has been observing Pale Male and a succession of his mates, who have sired 23 chicks, since Pale Male arrived in 1993.
Pale Male brought an offering of food — perhaps a pigeon or rat — each time he approached, she said.
Ms. Winn said that there may be a lesson in this for suitors: "Always bring a gift."
We're excited to watch the Hawk Saga continue. Check it out if you visit Central Park. (We had spectacular views of Pale Male and Lola on Saturday March 19, 2005 through the Tele Vue-60 at 103x). Rik Davis, the photographer, is often on hand with his Genesis SDF to show and photograph the action. In fact, his photo taken with the Genesis-SDF, 13mm Nagler Type 6 and Nikon 995 proudly graced the NY Times Metro front page on Tuesday, March 15.
Above and below are some excerpts from the article and the photo used by the Times, courtesy of Rik.