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NATURE: Season Of The Osprey

Male osprey delivers a stick to the nest
Courtesy of Michael Fleisch / © Jacob Steinberg
Male osprey delivers a stick to the nest as his mate incubates their eggs. Greenwich, Conn.

Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

Follow the Struggles and Triumphs of Aquatic Hawks

An osprey soars over a small saltmarsh at the delta of the Connecticut River. From somewhere along the east coast of South America, he has just flown 4,000 miles to the place that is imprinted on his memory since birth, the saltmarsh where he will rejoin his mate. Witness their reunion in NATURE “Season Of The Osprey.”

Preview of NATURE: Season Of The Osprey

Foxes, deer, and scores of migrating shorebirds bring summer’s hustle and bustle back to the saltmarsh as the reunited pair mates and broods their eggs. Other osprey parents see their eggs snatched by predators that prowl the night. But this osprey pair is battle-tested. Over the course of one summer, they fend off enemies, catch hundreds of fish, and raise their tiny chicks into the next generation of these consummate sea hawks.

Careful Osprey Parents Feed Chicks for the First Time

This blue-chip Nature special explores the life of this incredible raptor with a depth and intimacy never before attempted. Shot in and around Great Island Marsh, where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound, filmmaker Jacob Steinberg achieved unlimited access to an osprey nest and offers a rich look at this unique species known for its life-long partnerships, dynamic social interactions and masterful hunting prowess.

Osprey Pair Guards Nest From Intruders

“Osprey are beloved birds, and yet they lacked a definitive wildlife film,” said Steinberg. “The moment I began observing the family that would become the film’s iconic subjects, I knew theirs was a story that would resonate with Nature viewers.”

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Osprey Chicks Learn to Fly

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NATURE is a production of The WNET Group for PBS. Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Bill Murphy is series producer. A production of The WNET Group and Blue Ant Commissioning USA LLC in association with CosmoVision Media Group, LLC for Love Nature. Peter Hamilton is executive producer for CosmoVision Media Group, LLC. For Love Nature, James Manfull is executive producer. The documentary is filmed and produced by Jacob Steinberg. Written by Janet Hess and edited by Jim Isler. Paul Giamatti narrates.