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S40 Ep2

Season of the Osprey

Premiere: 10/27/2021 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

A veteran pair of ospreys return home to a Connecticut saltmarsh. Over one summer they must battle their enemies, withstand the elements, and hunt hundreds of fish, all to raise the next generation of these consummate sea hawks.

Premiere: 10/27/2021
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About the Episode

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 Season of the Osprey, premiering nationwide Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/nature and the PBS Video app.

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.

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 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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PRODUCTION CREDITS

SEASON OF THE OSPREY

NARRATED BY
PAUL GIAMATTI

PRODUCED BY
JACOB STEINBERG

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
JACOB STEINBERG

WRITTEN BY
JANET HESS

EDITOR
JIM ISLER

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
STEFAN MARTIN

ASSISTANT EDITOR
SERGIO GARCIA MAYER

MUSIC BY
LENNY WILLIAMS
CHRIS BIONDO

SOUND DESIGN
WOUNDED BUFFALO SOUND STUDIOS

SOUND EDITORS
TIM OWENS
HANNAH GREGORY
JONNY CREW

POST PRODUCTION
JAXX CREATIVE HOUSE

COLORIST
DAVID ST. LOUIS

RE-RECORDING MIXER
KEVIN FERRIER

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
PAOLA SAAVEDRA

PRODUCTION MANAGER
STEFAN MARTIN

CAMERA OPERATOR
SERGIO GARCIA MAYER

ASSISTANT CAMERA
CHRIS WUEST
KATHERINE GOMERO

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
TOMAS KOECK

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
TOMAS KOECK

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE
GETTY IMAGES
MIKE LEMERY
MICHAEL MALE
POND5

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS
PAUL SPITZER PHD
ALAN F. POOLE PHD
BRYAN D. WATTS PHD
ROB BIERREGAARD PHD

SPECIAL THANKS
HANK GOLET
EVAN GRISWOLD
THE STEINBERG FAMILY
CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY
AUDUBON CONNECTICUT
CONNECTICUT DEEP
MARGARITA OREGON
ABRAHAM BOCANEGRA
CECILIA NOEL
SERNANP PERÚ, LAGUNAS DE MEJÍA
ALVARO PINTO MANRIQUE

FOR COSMOVISION MEDIA GROUP, LLC

PRODUCER
JACOB STEINBERG

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
PETER HAMILTON

FOR LOVE NATURE

DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
CAROLYN DODD

DIRECTOR, POST PRODUCTION
MARK THORP

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
KIM ANDERSON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
JAMES MANFULL

SVP, PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, LOVE NATURE
ALISON BARRAT

GLOBAL GENERAL MANAGER, LOVE NATURE
CARLYN STAUDT

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES F. BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL LEAD
DANIELLE BROZA

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – DIGITAL
AMANDA SCHMIDT

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
KAREN HO

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITORS
CHRIS GUIDO
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
JON BERMAN

NARRATION RECORD
BRIAN BEATRICE

PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
THE INTERNATIONAL OSPREY FOUNDATION
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT/NOAA – CONNECTICUT SEA GRANT

ORIGINAL EPISODE PRODUCTION FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
THE SUN HILL FAMILY FOUNDATION

ORIGINAL SERIES PRODUCTION FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING 
ARNHOLD FOUNDATION
THE FAIRWEATHER FOUNDATION
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATHY CHIAO AND KEN HAO
CHARLES ROSENBLUM
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
LEONARD AND NORMA KLORFINE
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
COLIN S. EDWARDS
GREGG PETERS MONSEES FOUNDATION
KOO AND PATRICIA YUEN

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A PRODUCTION OF THE WNET GROUP AND BLUE ANT COMMISSIONING USA LLC IN ASSOCIATION WITH COSMOVISION MEDIA GROUP, LLC FOR LOVE NATURE

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FUNDING

Support for Nature: Season of the Osprey was provided by The Sun Hill Family Foundation in memory of Susan and Edwin Malloy. Series funding for Nature is also made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, The Fairweather Foundation, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, Charles Rosenblum, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Leonard and Norma Klorfine, Sandra Atlas Bass, Colin S. Edwards, Gregg Peters Monsees Foundation, Koo and Patricia Yuen, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.

TRANSCRIPT

All along the New England coast, ospreys are icons of summer.

They've come to take up their greatest challenge: to compete with each other, to fend off thieves, and to raise tiny, helpless chicks.

For an osprey, summer is no day at the beach.

It's an annual call to battle and the toughest test of everything they are.

(ospreys calling)

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