This juvenile was hanging out on a pole adjacent to the nest, soaking in the morning sun. Dad and mom were nearby and keeping an eye on things but, unlike their offspring, they weren’t interested in me. The juveniles are really cool with their white-edged plumage and orange eyes.
Osprey can be found across much of North and South America, only staying year-round in Florida and the Baja California area. Winters are spent in South America and along the Gulf Coast while they summer in the northern third of North America.
These beautiful raptors are known for their amazing dives into the water as they try to snag their prey. They are larger than most hawks and striking in their appearance with dark brown and white plumage and bright yellow eyes.