Sunday, May 15, 2005

Blakeman on Lola's Molt

Lola over the Carlyle Hotel
photo by Lincoln Karim
May 14th, 2005

Just received an illuminating letter from John Blakeman commenting on the above photo:

Lincoln's wonderful shot today of Lola above The Carlyle Hotel shows that she's begun her molt. Notice the slight hint of white and black barring on the feather in the middle of the wing. This is pattern normally hidden beneath an adjacent feather. The first long mid-wing feather has been dropped. Lola is now in the process of growing a new wardrobe. These missing-feather gaps will be seen all during the summer.
--John A. Blakeman