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Flying Blind by byronbackyard

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Taken in an estuary in Byron Bay, Australia.
This juvenile Osprey takes off from the nest with her eyes closed, perhaps anxious about her flight abilities.
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 50D, 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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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thanks Kathy, she’s beautiful isn’t she, makes me happy when I can actually capture what I see … if that make sense!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks, I love it when the Osprey are featured!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

    My pleasure, it is a fantastic capture! :)

  • Many thanks, so glad you like it!

    – byronbackyard

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Detlef Becher
    Detlef Becherover 4 years ago

    Your photos of birds in flight are really magnificent, congrats on another well deserved feature!

  • Thanks so much for that lovely comment … I do spend all of my spare time taking photos … it’s my passion and restores my soul!

    – byronbackyard

  • João Castro
    João Castroover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Congratulations!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    congrats on your feature. Beautiful shot of the Osprey against the clouds

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gili Orr
    Gili Orrover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

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