return of the osprey, the

Two ornithologists, Wendy and Denis embark on an extraordinary adventure to reintroduce the Ospreys in Switzerland, which disappeared from this country more than a century ago.

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1 x 60'

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Orca Production





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With its splendid brown and white coat and bright yellow eyes, the Osprey is the only bird of prey in the world to feed exclusively on fish. This migratory bird has long populated the shores of lakes and large rivers throughout central Europe to breed in the summer. However, the species has gradually retreated to areas further north in Europe, away from the persecution caused by human expansion. In Switzerland, logging and industrial development contributed to its disappearance from our country a century ago. A sad fate that did not escape the vigilance of a couple of passionate ornithologist, Wendy and Denis. To remedy this situation, they decided to embark on an ambitious project to reintroduce the Osprey to Switzerland. To do this, they called on Roy Dennis, a Scotsman considered the greatest European specialist of the Osprey, who taught them the technique of “translocation”, the only reliable method to reinstall a breeding population. The principle is to make the birds believe that they were born on the reintroduction site.

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