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The return of the Osprey
Documentary | 52' | 2021

With his splendid brown and white dress and bright yellow eyes, the Fisherman’s Babuzard is the only raptor in the world to feed exclusively on fish. This migratory bird has long inhabited the surroundings of lakes and large rivers throughout central Europe to breed there in summer.

However, the species has gradually retreated to more northern regions of Europe, far from the persecution caused by human expansion. In Switzerland, the country’s logging and industrial development in particular contributed to its disappearance from our country a century ago.

A sad fate that has not escaped the vigilance of a passionate ornithologist couple, Wendy and Denis . To remedy this situation, they decided to embark on the ambitious project of reintroducing Osprey in Switzerland.

For this, they called on Roy Dennis, a Scottish man considered to be the greatest European specialist in Osprey, who taught them the technique of “translocation”, the only reliable method for resettling a breeding population. The principle is to make the birds believe that they were born on the reintroduction site.

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Original version
French and English

Format
4K and Color

Gender and duration
Documentary
52'

Year of production
2021

Country of production
Switzerland



Production


Directed by
Stephan Rytz

Written by
Stephan Rytz & Naoki Lembezat

Produced by
Stephan Rytz & Loïc Oswald

Production
ORCA Production

Co-production
RTS

With the support of
CinéForom
Fonds de production télévisuelle
Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour
Banque Alternative Suisse



Technical


Camera
Loïc Oswald

Drone
Loïc Oswald

Sound
Nicolas Binggeli

Image editing
Stephan Rytz

Video animation
Loïc Oswald

Generic
Loïc Oswald

Sound editing
Nicolas Binggeli & Stephan Rytz

Mixing
Nicolas Binggeli

Music
Fabien Guerra

Color editor
Loïc Oswald

Graphic designer
Stéphanie Ganière