During our trip to New York, Carol and I spent about twenty hours total in Central Park, and we didn’t catch half of what it had to offer. We spent most of our time in the lower half, watching birds in the Ramble and sitting on the benches near the Boat Pond waiting for Pale Male and Lola to show. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we were able to get a good look at Lola on our second day there. A couple days after that, we had a short visit by a couple of circling hawks, and figured they were probably Pale Male and Lola, but weren’t positive. I’d like to say I saw the hawks that were the reason for my visit to New York in the first place, but I can’t. However, there were plenty of other great things I did see and experience that weren’t planned.
Midway through our trip, we discovered a Green Heron nest on the west side of the Park. There were three chicks that were getting close to fledging. We watched them for a couple of days and managed to get some shots of them. The lighting was far from optimal, but I ended up with a couple of nice shots.
We had such a great time in New York City. If you haven’t already read the previous tales, make sure to check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four. I am already looking forward to the next time I’m in NYC. The people were friendlier than I expected, the food was outstanding, the transportation system made everything accessible, and everybody jaywalks! (Try it in Los Angeles and you end up with a ticket.) And If you’re ever in New York for whatever time and whatever reason, make sure you have a slice of pizza!
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