On average, while not necessarily longer, female ospreys are 20% heavier than males and have a wingspan that is 5 to 10% greater. Female ospreys also often have darker plumage and a more defined necklace than their male counterparts.
Ospreys breed once yearly. The breeding season lasts for approximately 2.5 to 4 months. Two to four eggs are laid over a period of several days, each 1 to 2 days apart. Both the male and female incubate the eggs, which hatch after approximately 40 days. Because incubation starts when the first egg is laid, the eggs hatch asynchronously in the order in which they were laid.


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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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  • Clive
    Clivealmost 4 years ago

    A perfect image my friend, fantastic detail, well captured

  • Thanks so much Clive, I had such an awesome yesterday evening and today morning with them, such amazing birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinalmost 4 years ago

    Feel the freedom! Amazing capture!

  • Many thanks Denis!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago


  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    July 21, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    This is simply Gorgeous, congratulations on a most beautiful Feature…..Laura

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Byron

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    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

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