Newly fledged, this juvenile Osprey who I’ve named Bella (for her quietness and beauty), calmly observes me as she debates whether to wait for her dad to return with a feed of fish or to spread her wings for a flight.
When osprey chicks hatch, they are covered in white down with brown streaks on the face, back, and wings. This is replaced by charcoal-colored down after approximately 10 days. Feathers begin to replace the down at approximately two weeks. By one month after hatching, chicks have reached 70 to 80% of the adult size. Osprey chicks fledge between 48 and 76 days old.
After fledging, young ospreys begin to hunt on their own. However, they often continue to return to the nest to receive food from their parents for two to eight weeks after fledging.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM