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Old 12-14-2010, 07:10 PM   #21
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perched feeding osprey in Glacier Park - and just because I can ... an osprey with chicks in the Tetons.
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perched feeding osprey in Glacier Park - and just because I can ... an osprey with chicks in the Tetons.
Excellent shots, Dave Stiles!
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:14 PM   #23
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Dave,
Fantastic osprey photos!!

I've never seen osprey chicks before; not even a photo of osprey chicks. Wow!
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Okay, Becky. You get to see bear cubs up close and some of us get to see osprey chicks up close.

These weren't taken in December so I am not entering them in the contest, I just wanted to share them! I had the good fortune to go along on a banding trip with a NJ state osprey bander two summers ago. These osprey chicks were almost ready to fledge, so they were ready to be banded. We banded 8 healthy chicks that July morning. I will never forget it!
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:09 PM   #25
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I've never seen osprey chicks before; not even a photo of osprey chicks. Wow!
Here's two more of the Teton chicks. The third image is a juveniles first flight from a nest in NW Montana. Watched the nest for days, then one time the wind kicked up to 25 MPH gusts and voila .... airborne.

You can tell juvenile ospreys from adults by the eye color. "Kids" are orange-ish while adults are a golden color. Thus ends this evenings class on Osprey in the Western United States.
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Dave,
Great shots! Very cool to see the osprey take its first flight!
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Great shots! Very cool to see the osprey take its first flight!
That is a great shot and worth the wait. ...but I really love the first one--tender moment.

bridget, cool that you get to work up close and personal with them.
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I learned something new.
I didn't know their eye color changed like that.
The Osprey are a pretty rare sight around here.
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Bridget - Cool osprey banding photos. Beautiful photo of you holding the osprey! I love the thrilled look on your face...pure joy!

Dave Stiles - Thanks for sharing more photos of the osprey chicks in the Tetons. I had no idea the chick's eye colors were different from the adult's eye color. Thanks for the osprey lessons.

The photo you posted of the osprey adult and osprey chick in their nest allows one to really compare the difference in eye color.
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Bridget - Cool osprey banding photos. Beautiful photo of you holding the osprey! I love the thrilled look on your face...pure joy!

Dave Stiles - Thanks for sharing more photos of the osprey chicks in the Tetons. I had no idea the chick's eye colors were different from the adult's eye color. Thanks for the osprey lessons.

The photo you posted of the osprey adult and osprey chick in their nest allows one to really compare the difference in eye color.
Thanks, Becky! I really was elated that morning and took quite a while to come down. Thank you for reminding me of how I felt that day.

Other raptors also have varying eye color depending on age. Red tailed hawks have yellowish grey eyes as juveniles, brown as adults.
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