Juvenile ospreys


Two juvenile ospreys have left the nest just this week. It seems a bit early for them and they were being watched by a parent in a nearby tree. We may be able to see them for most of the next month before they migrate to the south not to return for two or three years when they are ready to breed. 

The juvenile osprey are easily distinguished. Most striking are the topside wing feathers that look like they have been dipped in cream. Then there are the orangish eyes (as distinguished from the yellowish eyes of the adult). The breast band is somewhat characteristic for it usually vanishes with the male adult.

At one point, one bird flew off. Shortly afterwards, it returned and to maintain balance, the other stood and spread its own wings.


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4 Responses to Juvenile ospreys

  1. Gail Frampton says:

    Gorgeous photos once again! Such beautiful Birds!

  2. Della Fenkner says:

    Yes, gorgeous birds. One seems to have a string tied to one foot.

    • Alistair says:

      Della, the imagined string is actually the edge of a metal sign upon which the osprey is perched. The sign has a red border and it says “Nelson Hydro”. It is located at the Harrop side of the ferry crossing. I took the pictures while standing on the side of the Lake, close to the marker on which the osprey juveniles sat.

  3. Christine Boyd says:

    They’re absolutely fantastic! Thank you for these beautiful photos.

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