The Osprey male heads down the estuary for home, cruising across sunlit clouds towards the nest.
Ospreys are a relatively long-lived bird species. The oldest known osprey in North America was a 25-year old male. The oldest known female was 23 years old. However, very few individuals live to this age. Chance of survival from one year to the next varies between populations, but is estimated to be approximately 60% for young ospreys (less than 2 years old) and 80 to 90% for adult ospreys.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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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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  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Byron.

  • Such a great subject and the sky is often like this … we’re very fortunate here.

    – byronbackyard

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    Gorgeously breathtaking Byron! Well done my friend!

  • Thanks so much Kimberly … I’ve had a Grey Morph Goshawk just above my head in my backyard the last two mornings … this morning when it took off it sat in a tree for ages and screamed. Totally awesome. Haven’t checked out the pics yet but I think not very good, they’re very hard to photograph because they hide and they have dark red eyes … hard to focus.

    – byronbackyard

  • GenuineDragon
    GenuineDragonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    Awsome shot byron! A job well done!

  • Thanks Sherry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Michael Jordan
    Michael Jordanover 4 years ago

    Brilliant Capture, gorgeous bird and the sunlit cloud just perfects the image…:)

  • Thank you so much … lovely comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • xxnatbxx
    xxnatbxxover 4 years ago

    wow i love this image too nice capture of colours

  • Thanks so much …. I liked the sky in that one, it’s interesting!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago


  • Many thanks

    – byronbackyard

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    stunning in its beauty !!LIZ

  • Thank you, lovely comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • minniemanx
    minniemanxover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing so much info on these magnificent birds. I caught my first shot of one last weekend at Palm Cove in Nth Qld last Sunday… see in my posts

  • They’re my favorite, although I love the goshawks and all the raptors. Will check out your posts.

    – byronbackyard

  • Sean McConnery
    Sean McConneryover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks so much

    – byronbackyard

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