Juvenile ospreys resemble adults, but have a somewhat speckled appearance due to buff-colored tips on their dark brown upper-wing and back coverts and a less well-defined necklace. Juveniles also have an orange-red iris, rather than the yellow iris that is typical of adults. Juvenile plumage is replaced by adult plumage by 18 months of age.
Ospreys are sexually mature at approximately 3 years old, but may not breed until age 5 in areas where nest sites are scarce.
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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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  • nysjoyce10
    nysjoyce10over 4 years ago

    A beautiful shot of this magnificient bird!

  • Many thanks … that’s juvenile Harriet and yes she’s magnificent.

    – byronbackyard

  • Moorey
    Mooreyover 4 years ago

    I think I need a holiday to Byron Bay. I want to photograph some of these amazing creatures. Amazing shot

  • Lol … yep it’s a beautiful place, not many people know where these Osprey are and most wouldn’t have the patience to wait in a little creek for the shots!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    The strength of this bird is just shining through! Fantastic capture!

  • Thanks Trish … that’s my Harriet!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    A stunning capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • treasureseaker
    treasureseakerover 4 years ago

    Great photo Deb,and your commentary is marvelous. Cheers Raoul

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 4 years ago

    Oh my….What a capture Deb! You are great at moving birds!!

  • Thanks Ginny, it’s an interesting process, it’s kind of become my ‘thing’!

    – byronbackyard

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • meowiyer
    meowiyerover 4 years ago

    are you serious? this is awesome!

  • Thanks so much … sometimes I have these lapses in faith in myself, luckily people on RB give me lots of positive feedback!

    – byronbackyard

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 4 years ago

    excellent!!Congrats on been featured in All Animals Great And Small.

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Oh wow I just realized that you said featured … it’s early. Thank you so much, very happy making .. love it because this is a shot of Harriet, my most loved bird, I photographed her from when she was 2 weeks old, this was her second flight!

    – byronbackyard

  • AlexKokas
    AlexKokasover 4 years ago

    A beautiful photo.. :)

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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