For up to 2 weeks before fledging, juvenile Ospreys prepare by exercising their wings.
Each time I see this, I'm certain the Osprey is just going to take off, but it doesn't.
I think the Osprey was even practicing its fishing catching technique.
Well, yesterday was the big day. The juvenile Osprey finally left the nest! Its first landing place was a large branch just above the nest. The Osprey stayed there for several hours. Some serious drama erupted during this time as a wayward juvenile from another nest decided to be a nest crasher...(my next post). The Osprey took a few flights later in the day as its mom shadowed close behind.