On 13 September UV roosted in sandy scrub near the coast in Setubal Province. The next morning he set off after 08.27 GMT and by 09.00 settled a short distance SSW by the Lagoa de Melides, a place known for visiting ospreys according to Aves Portugal. He left there before 10.00, possibly having fished, to continue his coastal exploration. Slowly! By 10.31 he was near the beach north of Sines; an hour later he was flying around on and off shore and could have fished. Here is an image of a lagoon in the middle of the stretch of coast he was on. After an afternoon by the sea he moved inland to roost in agricultural land. He covered about 40 km in the day.
On 15 September UV left his roost between 08.00 and 08.36. By 09.50 he reached a reservoir, the Barragem de Morgavel. He stayed there until about 13.00, an early siesta?!
Relative inactivity reduces the number of fixes, so it isn’t possible to determine if UV hunted during his stay.
In the afternoon he travelled on further SE; since then he has been in an area of reservoirs, large and small, in the Setubal and Beja provinces and he is having a look at many of them!
On 17 September he travelled about 100 km ranging in a figure of eight around the area. He travelled less far on 16 and 18 September. Here is one of the smaller reservoirs he visited on 17 September, the Barragem da Fonte Serne. He arrived at around 12.50 and left about 13.30.
So UV seems to be on a stopover. Is it only because of the southerly winds mentioned in an earlier post? By early next week there will be more favourable conditions for migration to Africa. So we wait for UV’s next move.
Here is another ‘comparison’ map of his and cousin 7H’s travel. Although a few days apart the weather conditions were similar. And their routes were extremely similar along the coast, as you can see.