Pale Male

About

Follow the adventures of Pale Male, a daring red-tailed hawk who manages to thrive in the urban world of New York City.

A fearsome predator has been stalking Manhattan for years. But instead of calling the police, New Yorkers have put out the welcome mat and wished him the best of luck. Meet Pale Male — a red-tailed hawk who chose life in the Big Apple and founded a hawk dynasty on the ledge of a swanky high-rise overlooking Central Park.

New York’s bridges and high-rises have long been known to occasionally harbor peregrine falcons on their upper ledges and steel towers. But the presence of a red-tailed hawk launching into majestic flight from a Fifth Avenue apartment building to search for prey in the skies over Central Park created a local sensation when first noted in the early 1990s. Pale Male, as he soon was known, quickly became a cause célèbre, first among local residents, then New Yorkers in general, attracting the interest of naturalists, photographers, and journalists.

Long before sunrise, throngs of spectators gathered in the park with binoculars and telescopes to watch Pale Male on his ledge and wait for him to start his day. It was assumed to be a fleeting opportunity to observe the rare phenomenon of a red-tailed hawk experimenting with life in the big city.

But improbably, the winged hero of this story had found a permanent home amidst the bustle of human civilization. In the months and years that followed, he became the main character in an unfolding drama — mating, raising chicks on a precarious perch and defending them against marauding crows, teaching his offspring survival skills in a semi-natural environment, losing his mate and finding another, and, almost miraculously, guiding a multi-generation family that could withstand intimate proximity with people.

UPDATE: Pale Male’s fame and family have continued to grow since the making of this film. For current photos and information, please visit http://www.palemale.com and http://www.mariewinn.com

Online content for Pale Male was originally posted May 2004.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Narrated by
JOANNE WOODWARD

Produced and Directed by
FREDERIC LILIEN

Written by
JANET HESS

Filmed and Edited by
FREDERIC LILIEN

Music Provided by
Vox Music Group
Division of S.P.J. Music Inc.

Original Music by
LENNY WILLIAMS

Kyrie Performed by
OLIVIER MARCAUD

Additional Music Provided by
Cedille Records
"Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera" from A Vivaldi Concert, Chicago
Baroque Ensemble with Patrice Michaels, Soprano
(Cedille Records CDR 90000 025) © 1995 Cedille Records,
a trademark of The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation

Sound Mix Editor
MARTIN CZEMBOR

Sound by
701 Sound:
IRA SPIEGEL
MARLENA GRZASLEWICZ
MARIUSZ GLABINSKY

Sound Mix by
Sound One Corp.

Voiceover Recording by
AL PAYSON,
Willow Bridge Recording Studio

Additional Cinematography by
LAYLA LAW-GISIKO

Aerial Footage Courtesy of
CNN Image Source

On-line Editor
ROBERT BURGOS

On-line Edit Facility
Full Circle Post

Special Thanks to:
Doctor A. Fisher
Charles F. Kennedy
Marie Winn
Nora Ephron
Mary Pat Walsh
Layla Law-Gisiko
Todd Landor
Olivier Marcaud
Josie & Julian Robertson
Barbara & Kirk Browning
Sputnik Entertainment
The Central Park Conservancy
and
All the Regulars at the Hawkbench
á mon pere.

© 2002 FL Productions Corp.

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
PATTY JACOBSON
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producers
GIANNA SAVOIE
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
KELLY LAFFERTY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Online Editor
MARK SUTTON

Sound Mix
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

Produced by FL Productions Corporation

This program was produced by FL Productions Corp. which is solely responsible for its content (c) 2004 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

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