Return of the Osprey: A Season of Flight and Wonder / Edition 1by David Gessner
Pub. Date: 02/28/2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
In Return of the Osprey, David Gessner sets himself on a quest: to watch these great birds of
More than any other bird, the osprey symbolizes the New England coast, as Roger Tory Peterson once noted. Known also as fish hawks, ospreys -- with their magnificent six-foot wingspans and dark masks -- are the only raptors to dive fully into the water to catch their prey.
In Return of the Osprey, David Gessner sets himself on a quest: to watch these great birds of prey and learn about their astonishing comeback to the Atlantic coast after a twenty-year absence. Over the course of a full nesting season -- from March, when the ospreys return from their wintering grounds, to September, when they migrate back to South America -- Gessner immerses himself in the lives of four pairs of hawks.
By bike, by kayak, and on foot, he takes the reader through the beautiful landscape of Cape Cod and details the intricacies of the ospreys' day-to-day living: nest-building, courtship, giving birth, first flights, the murder of one fledgling by another, and, most captivating of all, the ospreys' swift and forceful dive into the sea. In the process, Gessner discovers an intimacy with the land and learns about resiliency and hope. And he witnesses an extraordinary event: the survival of nine young ospreys, the most his town has seen in more than half a century. Return of the Osprey is the story of a remarkable recovery, a celebration of place, and a journey into the wild and the tame, the beautiful and the fragile.
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Table of Contents
|On Osprey Time||100|
|Neighbors, Good and Bad||120|
|A Deeper Vision||138|
|Respecting Our Elders||158|
|Growth and Death||179|
|Learning Our Place||216|
|Saving the World||233|
|Living by Water||250|
|The Off Season||262|
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