This is ‘Houdini’, the new fully fledged Osprey in the estuary.
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 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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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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  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    You are sure getting some great shots of these Osprey…. this little one is spectacular looking and just fabulous wing detail …

  • Many thanks KatMagic, this is the new juvenile so they have lighter markings. Seasons virtually over though, makes me sad!

    – byronbackyard

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and title!

  • Many thanks Angie!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    Truly a jaw dropping image, great wing span, love the tones and capture awesome

  • Many thanks Elfie!

    – byronbackyard

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Great in flight shot shot Debs, the lens is performing very well indeed.

  • Many thanks Mark, I’m still getting used to it, it’s pretty heavy and not as flexible but great if you get it right!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture.

    Cheers Jude

  • Many thanks Jude!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Beautiful … as usual !

  • Many thanks Trish, love your support!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your artwork has been featured in the
    Nature’s Wonders group.!!

  • Many thanks Rainy, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot,…

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

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