After crossing to Morocco from Spain early on 7 November, Aln carried on flying.
a SSW course
Aln’s course was roughly parallel to the coast, but always moving further away from it, especially after the coastline curved south of Rabat.
An early landmark was a factory.
a car factory
You can tell by the red dots moving away from the orange path that Aln caught a thermal.
Before 11.00 GMT Aln was flying by a reservoir, just after another thermalling episode.
no stopping, or even taking a close look
Aln was near another reservoir a couple of hours later. She was in true ‘migration mode’.
no deviation to check the reservoir out
Interestingly, Scottish adult male osprey Blue DF – fitted with a GSM/GPS transmitter by Roy Dennis this year – stopped for an hour there during his migration to the Casamance region of Senegal. For the rest of 7 November, Aln’s route was close to Blue DF’s.
She roosted in an agricultural area on the edge of a field.
Yesterday, after a couple of short moves away from her roost, she set off at about 09.15 and crossed the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains. She ended her day just short of the High Atlas Mountains.
Aln’s route took her over the Oum er Rbia river. Longstanding blog readers will recall that UV’s 2014 cousin, Blue 7H, overwintered on that river at the coast.
When Aln reached the river, she dropped low and flew slowly, then perched by it.
a drink, perhaps
This view is very near where Aln paused.
(c) A Adlane
Aln took advantage of thermals in both the mountains, and when south of them flying over a cultivated plateau.
She stopped shortly before 16.00 and would have seen the High Atlas range ahead of her.
the view for Aln
Her roost was atop a rather less impressive ridge.
a roost in the last of the cultivated land before the mountains
In the ‘looking south’ image, you can see a reservoir.
the red dot is the roost
Aln could use the reservoir as a staging post, but – despite the relatively small distance flown yesterday – she is more likely to continue her migration. She was NW of the reservoir in the few fixes today. Watch this space for a potential ‘don’t second guess ospreys’ post!