Nature: Season of the Osprey

Air date: 10/27/2021

Follow the Struggles and Triumphs of Aquatic Hawks in Nature: Season of the Osprey, Premiering Wednesday, October 27 at 8/7c on PBS


Paul Giamatti narrates this osprey family tale


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, premiering nationwide Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), 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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Nature is a production of The WNET Group for PBS. For Nature, Fred Kaufman is Executive Producer. Bill Murphy is Series Producer. Nature: Season of the Osprey is 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. Narrated by Paul Giamatti.

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.

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Male osprey stands over his mate as she incubates their eggs in the nest. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Male osprey delivers a stick to the nest as his mate incubates their eggs. Greenwich, CT. Credit: Michael Fleisch / © Jacob Steinberg

Juvenile ospreys look up at their mother atop the nest. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Juvenile osprey stands atop his nest. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Juvenile ospreys practice flapping their wings in the rain as they gain strength for their first flight. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Close-up of female osprey as she stands guard over her nest. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Female osprey stands guard over her nestlings. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Close-up of female osprey as she incubates her eggs in the nest. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg

Filmmaker Jacob Steinberg. Credit: Tomas Koeck

Sunrise greets female osprey as she incubates her eggs. Greenwich, CT. Credit: © Jacob Steinberg