Osprey ready to spread wings
Last week, Deb Pearse from the Byron Youth Service had her lens trained on a young osprey at the Belongil estuary.
Deb says she has had the great joy of photographing the young osprey from about a week old, ugly cute, featherless and chocolate brown through to a magnificent raptor with a bigger wingspan than both his/her parents.
This photo was the day before his/her first flight, taking little hopping flights around the nest, squawking his/her head off to his/her mum and endeavouring to take a quantum leap of faith.
It’s pretty impossible to tell the sex at this age, says Deb, but the size (quite large) suggests that it’s Harriet.