Avid bird watchers have had their eye on a bald eagle, admirably nicknamed “Rover,” who recently made local headlines as reports of him circling, diving, and hunting around Central Park since Sunday, January 23 have been circulating.
NBC News reports that David Barrett of Manhattan Bird Alert confirmed that Rover is no stranger to NYC. Barrett states that Rover has been visiting Brooklyn for a few years now and is identifiable by his R-7 metal ankle tag. Barrett posted a video of Rover taking off of Central Park’s frozen Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir on January 23, but Rover had no plans of leaving.
Instead, Rover dazzled New Yorkers again, as several additional sightings of him were announced on Thursday, January 27, and more recent sightings of him happened near Central Park’s reservoir on Sunday, January 30 around 12:30 pm.
This bald eagle is definitely capturing the hearts of many and making himself comfortable in Manhattan’s Central Park .@ejbarto1
According to Barrett, those hoping to spot the famous bald eagle are advised to stay close to the reservoir. The hours between 4 pm and sunset are likely the best time to see Rover, as this is when he’s often hunting.
Though the opportunity to get a close shot of a bald eagle is not something that comes along every day, enchanted birders across the city have been posting their photos and videos of the beloved bald eagle. So it is possible to snap a photo of Rover, just as long as you have patience.