If you have walked through Washing Square on a warm day, you might pass by a unique bench on the West side of the park. The ‘Birdmen’ are feeding pigeons and squirrels, or any animal that will crawl or land in their hands and laps. As a frequent visitor of the park, I have several times stopped to photograph, with various reactions. Once with Nate Parker, the Birdmen talked with us for ten or fifteen minutes, pointing out hawks, talking about birds and all sorts of whatnot. Made me think Nate has a friendlier face, but I’ve also been told I need to smile more. Goes to show that persistence, in any case, will prevail with subjects if you are patient to return enough times to get the access you desire.