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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.
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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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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

    STUNNING capture, the colour is wonderful too,

  • Many thanks, she’s so delicate and cute …. and ruthless!

    – byronbackyard

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Superb capture- brilliant photography Byron!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago
  • Many thanks Marvin, she is indeed beautiful!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    What a lady, great shot!

  • Many thanks Kimberly, she’s so delicate and fine … and ruthless!

    – byronbackyard

  • Xcarguy
    Xcarguyabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture1

  • Thanks so much, she’s a beautiful girl!

    – byronbackyard

  • Normf
    Normfabout 4 years ago

    Such magnificent birds. Well captired!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    October 25, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on this fabulous Feature In The Birds! This is Fabulous,,,,What a Capture…Laura

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkerabout 4 years ago

    Awesome congrats on your feature!!

  • Many thanks Kathleen!

    – byronbackyard

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