Before my run-in with the hawk in Northampton I’d spent a decent part of Sunday afternoon hanging out of one of my fourth-floor windows, hoping one of Holyoke’s City Hall falcons would fly close enough for a good shot.
I’ve been watching this pair of falcons for several months now, and they’re hard birds to photograph: they’re high, fast flyers, and they only ever come to rest near the upper-most reaches of City Hall’s tower. They’re also nearly the same color as the building’s stonework.
But getting the shot isn’t always what it’s about. Just the fact that I can sit in my living room in one of the country’s early industrial centers and watch a bird that was nearly driven to extinction — that’s pretty tough to beat.
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