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A juvenile Osprey testing its wings a day before it fledges at approximately 6 or 7 weeks. He/she was flapping its wings and hopping around the nest, crying to its mother, who was perched on a pole nearby. The quantum leap of flight was clearly not an easy one to take.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Featured In: The Birds
Australian Native Birds
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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • Manfred Belau
    Manfred Belaualmost 5 years ago


  • Isn’t she gorgeous … I called her Harriet!

    – byronbackyard

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightover 4 years ago

    Harriet is beautiful.
    Superb capture.

  • Many thanks, Harriet is very beautiful and very feisty!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thanks so much, it was so awesome watching her go from a chick to the shots I took this day and they next day when she flew!

    – byronbackyard

  • kyteflyer
    kyteflyerover 4 years ago

    What a lovely shot, you were lucky to be able to watch the progress of this youngster. Is she still around?

  • Yes, that’s her in the new shots I took yesterday, I was so happy to see her clearly again and know she’s survived. I photographed her from about 2 weeks old … she’s an extraordinary bird, very feisty and bigger than both her parents!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 4 years ago

    Great image of a very beautiful bird.

  • Thank you so much, she is indeed magnificent!

    – byronbackyard

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    Well Done.

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Many thanks, what a nice way to start the day!

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 13, 2010

  • Awesome, it’s the best when ‘Harriet’ gets featured, thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    Oh WOW! This is really cool!

  • Thanks so much, she’s a very cool bird!

    – byronbackyard

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