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A female Osprey with a fresh caught Bream (Abramis brama) photographed on Jun 2nd, 2021 on the Finnish south coast. The interesting thing here is, that this time of year females should be on the nests either incubating eggs or brooding newly hatched chicks. This female is probably a first-time returnee from Africa, where our Ospreys spend the first two years of their life, so the bird should be in its 3rd cal year. Ageing non-juvenile Ospreys is difficult, but there are some retained juvenile secondaries to prove the age.

A female Osprey with a fresh caught Bream (Abramis brama) photographed on Jun 2nd, 2021 on the Finnish south coast. The interesting thing here is, that this time of year females should be on the nests either incubating eggs or brooding newly hatched chicks. This female is probably a first-time returnee from Africa, where our Ospreys spend the first two years of their life, so the bird should be in its 3rd cal year and this age-class is not yet breeding. Ageing non-juvenile Ospreys is difficult, but there are some retained juvenile secondaries to prove the age.


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