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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.
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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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • bowenite
    boweniteabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture. Great work. Cheers Gordon.

  • Many thanks Gordon!

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    trish725about 4 years ago

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    Eeva47about 4 years ago

    Great photo!!!

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    October 19, 2010

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