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Osprey serving breakfast at one of the nests I monitor for Audubon.
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Jun 24, 2024 09:22:59   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
These three nestlings are about ready to fledge. Note the dark reddish eyes and spots on the backs and wings of the young and the yellowish eyes of Mom. Also note Mom’s “necklace,” depicting the typical markings of a mature female.

The young are almost adult sized by 5 or 6 weeks, so photos aid in determining whether they are young or adult. Each year Audubon tries to determine their numbers after we nearly destroyed the species along with the American Bald Eagle with the use of the DDT pesticide up into the 1970’s.

They are now doing quite well!


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Jun 24, 2024 09:25:52   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Red Wing, MN
 
Great set Dave

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Jun 24, 2024 09:46:50   #
imagemeister Loc: mid east Florida coast
 
GREAT set Dave ! No. 4 is the winner 8-) Ours fledged about 5 weeks ago ......thanks for sharing

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Jun 24, 2024 09:54:18   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
imagemeister wrote:
GREAT set Dave ! No. 4 is the winner 8-) Ours fledged about 5 weeks ago ......thanks for sharing


Thank you, Larry! This years return was a week or so early, but the rest of the schedule seems a bit delayed!

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Jun 24, 2024 09:55:07   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
jdtonkinson wrote:
Great set Dave


Thanx much for your comment!

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Jun 24, 2024 10:54:29   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Nice set, Dave.

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Jun 24, 2024 11:03:48   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
kpmac wrote:
Nice set, Dave.


Thank you!

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Jun 24, 2024 12:53:21   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
Very nice set, Dave! Those guys are really serious about their food aren't they!?

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Jun 24, 2024 14:16:14   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
DaveO wrote:
These three nestlings are about ready to fledge. Note the dark reddish eyes and spots on the backs and wings of the young and the yellowish eyes of Mom. Also note Mom’s “necklace,” depicting the typical markings of a mature female.

The young are almost adult sized by 5 or 6 weeks, so photos aid in determining whether they are young or adult. Each year Audubon tries to determine their numbers after we nearly destroyed the species along with the American Bald Eagle with the use of the DDT pesticide up into the 1970’s.

They are now doing quite well!
These three nestlings are about ready to fledge. ... (show quote)



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Jun 24, 2024 14:58:49   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
Retired CPO wrote:
Very nice set, Dave! Those guys are really serious about their food aren't they!?


Yes! Most of the time they bring the fish back headless. Their barbed feet with reversible outer toes are such that the fish can be rotated. Makes for better aerodynamics or easier to enjoy the head as a desirable snack!

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Jun 24, 2024 14:59:48   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
photophile wrote:


Appreciate your thought!

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Jun 24, 2024 18:27:35   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Great set, Dave!!

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Jun 24, 2024 18:30:40   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
UTMike wrote:
Great set, Dave!!


Part of my annual project! Thank you!

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Jun 24, 2024 19:46:17   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
DaveO wrote:
These three nestlings are about ready to fledge. Note the dark reddish eyes and spots on the backs and wings of the young and the yellowish eyes of Mom. Also note Mom’s “necklace,” depicting the typical markings of a mature female.

The young are almost adult sized by 5 or 6 weeks, so photos aid in determining whether they are young or adult. Each year Audubon tries to determine their numbers after we nearly destroyed the species along with the American Bald Eagle with the use of the DDT pesticide up into the 1970’s.

They are now doing quite well!
These three nestlings are about ready to fledge. ... (show quote)


Great set!!! Dave

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Jun 24, 2024 20:00:52   #
JeffDavidson Loc: Originally Detroit Now Los Angeles
 
Looks like they are uncertain on how to proceed since mom provided the food but didn't serve it to them, piece by piece.

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