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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

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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www.byronbaybackyard.com.au

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  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot – amazing capture

  • Many thanks, she just started flying!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • MasterJim
    MasterJimover 4 years ago

    Well captured – very nice.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    September 8, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago


    10 September 2010 (one a day)

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