The crowd. Photo by @birdcentralpark.
Central Park’s Snowy Owl is the hottest attraction in the city right now. The bird is drawing crowds of more than 100 even when temperatures have fallen below 20 degrees at night.
A snowy owl is extremely rare and hasn’t been documented in New York in more than 100 years.
The owl. Photo by @birdcentralpark.
The owl has been seen in a few spots but most recently has been popping up at the Reservoir, on a structure there called the North Pumphouse around West 92nd Street. Crowds tend to gather there after 6 p.m. Birdwatchers say that people shouldn’t bring lights or use flashes — they could scare the owl away.
Even comedian Steve Martin has been in the area, recently tweeting out a photo of the crowds. (it’s not clear if he was just taking a walk or is a himself an owl-watcher.)
I just can’t help myself: I seem to have taken another award winning photograph. (People waiting to see the rare snowy owl in Central Park.) pic.twitter.com/mk4KeT6yg9
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 7, 2021
Here’s another shot of the owl using special film and a super-slow shutter speed.
Superb Owl Sunday! The Central Park snowy owl appeared tonight at 7pm. Note: it was almost totally dark and she did not look like this to the naked eye. I took this picture with a 400mm lens at F2.8, ISO 8,000 with a 1/4 sec shutter speed. https://t.co/58Oz7zx5qq #birdcp pic.twitter.com/HMzE3j8XCv
— David Lei (@davidlei) February 8, 2021