Photos: Birding is New York’s latest hobby amid Covid-19

UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:39 AM IST
A Great Horned Owl spotted at the Rambles in Central Park during a tour by Robert DeCandido, also known as Birding Bob, in New York on November 29. Bird-watching has grown in popularity in New York City, with theatres and clubs indefinitely closed due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which has killed more than 24,200 people in the city since spring, AFP reported. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
Robert DeCandido, also known as Birding Bob leads a group of bird watchers during a tour in Central Park, New York on November 29. A few dozen people gathered in Central Park’s wooded Ramble area on November 29 with a common goal to zero in on an elusive owl. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
A Red-bellied woodpecker spotted at the Rambles in Central Park, New York on November 29. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
Bird watchers use binoculars and cameras to watch a Great Horned Owl at the Ramble in Central Park, New York on November 29. Each year some 220 bird species frequent Central Park, which remarkably is considered one of the best spots in the world for birding despite the city’s 8.6 million residents, AFP reported. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
A Barred Owl spotted at the Rambles in Central Park during DeCandido’s birdwatching tour in New York on November 29. The recent arrival of the barred owl that meanders from one side to another -- or perhaps there are two of the species, one of the city’s current mysteries -- along with a great horned owl have triggered curiosity and filled DeCandido’s tours with New Yorkers who have trouble spotting the birds themselves, AFP reported. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
Photographer Kena Betancur feeds a Tufted Titmouse during DeCandido’s tour at the Rambles in Central Park, New York on November 29. Tarini Goyal, who moved to New York a few months ago, told AFP that her new hobby helps her handle the stress of the pandemic and has also helped her socialise as the city experiences a resurgence of the virus. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
A Blue jay spotted during DeCandido’s tour at the Rambles in Central Park, New York on November 29. The Ramble is the park’s best birding locale and DeCandido offers these birdwatching tours for just $10. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
A Blue jay seen perched on a branch at the Rambles in Central Park during DeCandido’s birdwatching tour in New York on November 29. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker attempts to sit on DeCandido’s hat as he leads a group of bird watchers during a tour in Central Park, New York on November 29. “There’s fewer things to do in New York City -- and the things that you could do inside are either limited or cancelled,” Robert DeCandido, also known as Birding Bob, told AFP. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

A Great Horned Owl spotted at the Rambles in Central Park during a tour by Robert DeCandido, also known as Birding Bob, in New York on November 29. Bird-watching has grown in popularity in New York City, with theatres and clubs indefinitely closed due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which has killed more than 24,200 people in the city since spring, AFP reported. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

Robert DeCandido, also known as Birding Bob leads a group of bird watchers during a tour in Central Park, New York on November 29. A few dozen people gathered in Central Park’s wooded Ramble area on November 29 with a common goal to zero in on an elusive owl. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

A Red-bellied woodpecker spotted at the Rambles in Central Park, New York on November 29. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

Bird watchers use binoculars and cameras to watch a Great Horned Owl at the Ramble in Central Park, New York on November 29. Each year some 220 bird species frequent Central Park, which remarkably is considered one of the best spots in the world for birding despite the city’s 8.6 million residents, AFP reported. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

A Barred Owl spotted at the Rambles in Central Park during DeCandido’s birdwatching tour in New York on November 29. The recent arrival of the barred owl that meanders from one side to another -- or perhaps there are two of the species, one of the city’s current mysteries -- along with a great horned owl have triggered curiosity and filled DeCandido’s tours with New Yorkers who have trouble spotting the birds themselves, AFP reported. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

Photographer Kena Betancur feeds a Tufted Titmouse during DeCandido’s tour at the Rambles in Central Park, New York on November 29. Tarini Goyal, who moved to New York a few months ago, told AFP that her new hobby helps her handle the stress of the pandemic and has also helped her socialise as the city experiences a resurgence of the virus. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

A Blue jay spotted during DeCandido’s tour at the Rambles in Central Park, New York on November 29. The Ramble is the park’s best birding locale and DeCandido offers these birdwatching tours for just $10. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

A Blue jay seen perched on a branch at the Rambles in Central Park during DeCandido’s birdwatching tour in New York on November 29. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

A Red-Bellied Woodpecker attempts to sit on DeCandido’s hat as he leads a group of bird watchers during a tour in Central Park, New York on November 29. “There’s fewer things to do in New York City -- and the things that you could do inside are either limited or cancelled,” Robert DeCandido, also known as Birding Bob, told AFP. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

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Amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with theatres and clubs indefinitely closed, bird-watching has grown in popularity in New York City. Central Park is considered one of the best spots in the city, especially during migration periods. Robert DeCandido also known as Birding Bob, who has been organising birdwatching tours in New York for more than three decades, led a group of birdwatchers at the Central Park on November 29.

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