UV speeds up a bit

UV has achieved quite a lot since early afternoon on 3 September, when he was in the Brecon Beacons National Park. He left there heading east of Merthyr Tydfil, and flew either S or SSW (the wind was still light from the east) at over 35kph and an altitude of 500m or more until he reached the Vale of Glamorgan and the Bristol Channel at 15.18 GMT. He descended and flew out south over the water for about 10 minutes before heading back to land, but only for 20 minutes or so because he had another 45 minutes offshore exploration. He then headed inland and spent a few hours in a wooded area very near the River Waycock which has good stocks of fish. Did he try and catch one? He then flew a short distance east to roost in another small wood. He had travelled approximately 225km during the day.

UV on 3 September

UV on 3 September

He was active from soon after 05.00GMT, so first light, on 4 September but fixes were still infrequent. At 06.25 UV was over the Bristol Channel! He had several stops in Somerset as he moved slowly down toward the next big stretch of water he’d need to cross. Soon after 11.00 he became more purposeful and reached the coast east of Exeter at 12.00, not halting but straight out to sea.

UV flew pretty straight (fixes were at 1-5 minute intervals) and crossed at mostly c55kph and 150-200m altitude. He went over les Sept-Iles before landfall on the Brittany coast NNE of Lannion at 16.21. UV’s sea crossing was 204km. Overall he travelled 345km during the day before roosting near the east edge of the Parc naturel régional d’Armorique. And look at his roost point!

UV roosts by a reasonable sized pond

UV roosts by a reasonable sized pond

Here is a map of his day’s journey.

UV's journey on 4 September

UV’s journey on 4 September

 

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2 Responses to UV speeds up a bit

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    He’s roosted by a lake that has to be good news. This tracking information is so good. I’m sure there must be a great deal of studying data that goes with it. Thank you for the informative reports and pictures. I look forward to reading them.

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