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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 450D, 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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  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnabout 4 years ago

    Wow, they are fast growers! The quiet drama of the sky really adds to this shot, especially with the Osprey in this “ready” position. Great work!

  • Yep 42 – 78 days and they’re fledged, they have to be as they’re so vulnerable before they can fly!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture and tones!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • bowenite
    boweniteabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo so nicely captured. Cheers Godon.

  • Many thanks Gordon!

    – byronbackyard

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnabout 4 years ago

    Such early independence is not at all uncommon in Nature. We humans are the slow ones, staying in a dependent “child” state for many years… and for some people, forever! lol

  • Now this is so true, the Osprey are such incredibly good parents and so protective but once the chick is fledged and fishing for itself that’s it, then it’s on it’s own. I guess they teach them all that they know and then they’re on their own!

    – byronbackyard

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Marvelous capture with great colours and BG, well done!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – 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

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...about 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture BB, amazing. Well done :)

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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