Opinion | Ruffled Feathers Among the Birders of Central Park

Video by Jake Sumner

Mr. Sumner is a filmmaker.

If you seize binoculars and head to Central Park in New York, you might even see a warbler, a robin and Robert DeCandido, also referred to as “Birding Bob.” If you possibly can’t spot him, you’ll positively hear him. Among devoted birders, some contemplate his use of recorded fowl calls a disturbance to birds and bird-watchers alike, whereas others see him as an keen advocate for the pure world.

In response to his detractors, Dr. DeCandido maintains that he’s doing his finest to make bird-watching much less formidable to hobbyists — and that no birds are harmed in the course of. In the quick documentary above, discover the sights, sounds, birds — and bird-watching drama — of the park with some of its most colourful characters.

Jake Sumner is a filmmaker in New York City.

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