Chocolate Osprey Fledgling

Jordan Lake: life at the lake is always surprising me … as with the female fledgling osprey in the first two photos … who is much, much darker in plumage coloration than most ospreys.  Her markings are a rich chocolate brown.  I have included a photo of a female fledgling osprey in the normal plumage colors I see at the lake.  Note the beautiful amber eyes of both birds as well as the white markings at the tips of their feathers.