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.