Eagle-like ospreys make their home atop Hunter's Point crane

July 6, 2012 7:59:07 PM PDT
Birds that have never been seen before in San Francisco are nesting atop a Hunter's Point crane.

A pair of ospreys is occupying the perch 180 feet above Pier 80.

As luck would have it, it's one of the few operational cranes on the San Francisco waterfront, and to keep its raptor guests safe, it's been shut down.

Eagle-like ospreys prey on fish, using their six-foot wingspan to swoop and dive. They've made a slow but steady comeback since DDT, a pesticide that threatened most raptors, was banned in 1972.