The cooler air has a lot of birds out and about.
This fledgling osprey has a nice sized fish dangling below her wing and her “rivets” are glowing.
A spectacular osprey launch.
Accipiters can be tricky to identify.
I believe this is an immature Cooper’s hawk who zipped past me and into the far pine trees.
It is always a little disconcerting to see long legged birds way up in trees.
However, they often do just that!
But I didn’t let that stop me from photographing this great egret.

The ospreys are fledging at Jordan Lake – taking their first flights.

Male osprey fledgling. Note his orange eye. Adults have a golden eye.

This is a female osprey fledgling. Her dark feathered “brooch” marks her gender.

A little easier to see her dark neck patch.

By far the easiest way to tell that these ospreys are fledglings are by the white “rivets” on their feathers.

The “rivets” are white dots at the ends of their feathers and will wear off as they age.

Thought y’all might enjoy the other end of the fledgling osprey’s flight.
After being puzzled by watching us watching her,
the youngster took off to practice her new skills.

WALK9177 08-28-16 @ 09-49-41 Ebenezer osprey fishing

The leap into the open space surrounding the nest is one step.
The next is to safely stick a landing.
This female osprey fledgling seemed as intent on watching my friends and I
as she was in making sure her feet were going to meet the branch at the right angle.
And, yes, she made a great landing!

WALK9138 08-28-16 @ 09-47-03 Ebenezer osprey fledgling

Ow, ow, ouch!
The hazards of being a parent.
The fledgling was trying to grab a fish from dad’s talon
but got dad’s toe instead – in a very tight sharp hold.
Dad had to jerk several times before the fledgling let go.
He was dangling that foot for a few wing flaps as he flew away
but had the leg back in its place quickly.
photo taken July 10, 2015

WALK5031 Jul 10 2015 @ 06-43-47 Stinking toe bite 2