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.
Canon 450D, 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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  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely colours in this shot.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely capture indeed Byron!, Trev

  • Many thanks Trev!

    – byronbackyard

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture. A fave.

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully capture!

  • Many thanks Zoraida!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago


  • David Friederich
    David Friederichalmost 4 years ago

    Another gorgeous osprey to add to your already huge portfolio of this special bird. I wish my shots were enhanced by background skies like yours, Deb. Congratulations on your feature. I am sure it won’t be the only one.

  • ducilla
    ducillaalmost 4 years ago
    Great work.. The very strong diagonal lines of the wings that matches the lines in the clouds is a perfect combination…D.
  • Many thanks Ducilla, I hadn’t noticed the diagonal lines so thanks for highlighting that!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    Wow and wow what an excellent shot! So wonderful and very beautiful!

  • Many thanks Tina!

    – byronbackyard

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture of this beauty with the wings spread wide. Well done, fave.

  • Many thanks Rebecca!

    – byronbackyard

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