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

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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 4 years ago

    Awesome work, well done!

  • Thanks so much Denis, she’s a beautiful juvenile!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful bird!

  • She is gorgeous and flying like a champion!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on a feature well deserved.

  • Many thanks Betsy!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your wonderful feature, you have amazing captures, I really enjoy seeing them.

  • Thanks so much Andrea, I really appreciate all your support!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture in this superb light.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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