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.
Ospreys are sexually mature at approximately 3 years old, but may not breed until age 5 in areas where nest sites are scarce.
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  • CanyonWind
  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Oh wow excellent shot Deb! Great detail!

  • Many thanks Tina!

    – byronbackyard

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot! REally beautiful. Was this taken in the wild or was this a captive bird? Whereever it was shot, it is stunning

  • Many thanks. No it’s in the wild, it’s a juvenile Osprey. It’s physically very hard work but I can get very close to their nest and if I call them they know it’s me and no threat. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get some great shots of them!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    March 22, 2011

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature great work.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

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