When osprey chicks hatch they are covered in white down with brown streaks on the face, back, and wings. This is replaced by charcoal-colored down after approximately 10 days. At this stage they are ugly/cute. Feathers begin to replace the down at approximately two weeks & they start getting cuter … and louder. By one month they have reached most of their adult size, this juvenile has a bigger wingspan than both her parents. They generally fledge between 48 and 76 days old, this one fledged at about 7 weeks. After fledging they learn to fish on their own but will return to the nest for up to 8 weeks to be fed if they’re hungry.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM