Book Review of Red-Tails in Love by Marie Winn
In the Beginning
This charming tale(pardon the pun!) of Pale Male, a Red-Tailed Hawk, his four mates, and numerous children began in New York City in 1991. Pale Male did not have a harem. All of his mates came by him quite properly, as their predecessors had either passed or been away due to serious injury.
Pale Male was given that moniker, as he was very light in comparison to standard Red-Tailed Hawks. He was also very young and inexperienced, so luckily his first mate was older. Nonetheless, it took three years to for him to sire young, due to his first mate’s injury, that took her out of commission. There were also problems with his nest located at 927 5th Ave., a posh neighborhood across from Central Park.
Interspersed within this book are various stories about other birds that lived within Central Park, some of which are Green Herons, Saw-Whet Owls, Short Eared Owls, Killdeer, and many others.
There are also tidbits on “The Regulars,” people that were birdwatchers at Central Park, as well as “The Hawkwatchers,” “The Earlybirds,” and several other groups of important people dedicated to the well-being of Central Park’s wild birds and other denizens.
This wonderful, well-written and utterly charming book will lead you through the lives of caring people, as well as the trials and tribulations of Pale Male, First Love, Chocolate, and Blue. The Regulars fought for the well-being of these adult hawks, their hawklets, and the nests that were torn down due to the selfishness of other people.
The Trailer "The Legend of Pale Male
- The Legend of Pale Male - Official Trailer - YouTube
Release Date: 24 November 2010 Genre: Documentary Director: Frederic Lilien Writer: Janet Hess MPAA Rating: N/A Studio: Balcony Releasing Plot: This is the t...
Pale Male's Family Website!
The citizenry, as well as people out of the country, rallied in great spirit and determination to fight for what was right, and won for the good of these wonderful birds when necessity dictated such. Pale Male was an icon that was as important to New Yorkers as bagels and delicatessens.
You will hear about the involvement of Mary Tyler Moore and Woody Allen, as well as numerous other people that took up the battle cry for this group of Red-Tailed Hawks when they needed the help.
The story told in this book was over a six-year period, but the tale does not stop there. It still continues to this day. Do read this beautiful story, visit the website, may a smile cross your face, and your heart be filled with joy over this wonderful activity.
Pale Male's Movie!
My Two Cents
I had minor e-mail contact with the author of this book, as well as with Lincoln Karim, who provided pictures and news for the palemale.com website. Both are wonderful people that are truly exemplary in their deeds for nature, right down to the humane treatment of carriage horses that traversed the area of Central Park.
For nature lovers and those that fight for what is right, this is another must read. It was one of the first books on birds that I purchased, when I began my library on wildlife and birds. You will enjoy this book as much as I did, and will most likely re-read it. Also share it, and it will renew your hope that there truly are people out there that care for the birds and animals in our lives.
Did I get to see Pale Male when I was in New York City? You bet I did! It was about 5 minutes before my parking meter expired. I made it back, but my heart was thumping, and it was WORTH IT!!