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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

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bird of prey, flight, juvenile, osprey, pandion haliaetus, raptor

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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful, such an awesome wing span.

  • Thanks Andrea, she’s gorgeous but she actually small next to other Osprey!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago


    6 September 2010 (one a day)

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    September 8, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartalmost 4 years ago

    congrats on a great shot, well deserved. – Dennis

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congrats on your wonderful feature, well deserved.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Ow wow, thanks so much, very happy making, my first feature with this group!

    – byronbackyard

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

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