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.
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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    Another quite masterful capture and superb processing.

  • Many thanks for your very kind comment!

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  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 3 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Byron!!

  • Thanks so much Marvin!

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  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Another terrific shot of this bird Deb.

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago


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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot!! Congrats on your feature!!

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  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 3 years ago

    Excellent photo!

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  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 3 years ago

    Great shot!

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