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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.

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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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!! . . .

  • Thanks Hugh!

    – byronbackyard

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 4 years ago

    Totally awesome shot!

  • Many thanks David!

    – byronbackyard

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 4 years ago

    Great shot !

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Anthony Vella
    Anthony Vellaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of an equally beautiful bird of prey.

  • Many thanks, they are such beautiful birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightover 4 years ago

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    July 25, 2010

  • Very happy making Teresa, thank you!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congratulations you deserve it, you have such wonderful shots.

  • Many thanks for your very kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Byron

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