29 May 2014


The two chicks, CR and BK, left to right, have grown into beautiful juveniles in just 39 & 40 days, respectively. The juveniles resemble the adults in almost every aspect, but their dark back feathers are white-tipped, their eyes are orange, and they tend to have fewer markings on their chests (necklace). Juvenile plumage is generally replaced by adult plumage by 18 months of age.

Juvenile osprey generally fledge in about seven to ten weeks of age. Gradually, we should see both CR and BK begin their wing-flapping and lifting themselves off the nest in anticpation of their first flight. They will stay with their parents for several weeks while they learn to fish and improve their flying skills. The family will go their separate ways once they begin the fall migration.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great photo! A big thank you to the mods and Palmetto!!

Beth/Oh

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Palmetto Electric for these amazing
Videos..I love watching these regal birds..

birdgirl said...

Thanks for the beautiful photo of our little osprey chicks! And for the info on what to look for in the future--although I always hate to see the season end so quickly!!

Vivian

Gina said...

Beautiful photo. Wonderful that they are doing well.

carol mullins said...

Fun to watch one of the chicks attempting to feed itself some fish.

carol mullins said...

Have the kids started their wing flapping and lifting off the nest yet? I think it's about time to start.

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

Both BK and CR have indeed begun their wing-flapping. The process should increase and we should see them lift themselves off the platform testing their strength.