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. Generally, chicks in migratory populations fledge sooner than those in non-migratory populations. 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.
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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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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • bowenite
    boweniteabout 4 years ago

    Great shot. Would love to have some of your Sea Eagles where I live. We have them them but am still trying to get a good shot of one. Cheers Gordon.

  • Many thanks Gordon, it’s a juvenile Osprey about to fly!

    – byronbackyard

  • tcat757
    tcat757about 4 years ago

  • Many, many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thanks so much Kathy, I love the ones of the juveniles!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful capture,

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 4 years ago
    I’ve just been going thorough your collection of Bird shot’s & their trully outstanding, excellent photography,
  • Thank you so very much for your very kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured with this fantastic image – great capture!!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • PamelaMeredith
    PamelaMeredithabout 4 years ago

    this is beautifulit is excellent

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago


    Capture!! . . .

  • Many thanks Hugh …. thanks for another astounding graphic!!!

    – byronbackyard

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