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The Legend of Pale Male


In the early '90s, a red-tailed hawk built a nest on the ledge of a building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan; while hawks were hardly common in New York City, the bird became a frequent sight in Central Park, and a man from Belgium who had recently arrived in the city became fascinated with the hawk. The immigrant started following the hawk (nicknamed "Pale Male" for its gender and light coloring) and captured its movements with a video camera as the bird took on a certain celebrity status in New York. For...more

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