After fledging, young Osprey 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. Ospreys are sexually mature at approximately 3 years old, but may not breed until age 5 in areas where nest sites are scarce.
Juvenile ospreys resemble adults, but have a somewhat speckled appearance due to buff-colored tips on their dark brown upper-wing and back coverts and a less well-defined necklace. Juveniles also have an orange-red iris, rather than the yellow iris that is typical of adults. Juvenile plumage is replaced by adult plumage by 18 months of age.
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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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Comments

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this powerful Creature Teacher, an interesting info too, well done! :o) wishing you laughter

  • Many thanks for your kind and interesting comment … the Osprey have been a source of great learning for me!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great work and well deserved.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoabout 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoabout 4 years ago

    Top shelf my friend, awesome capture.

  • Many thanks for your kind comments!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

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