VV flies across the Bay of Biscay to Spain

On Tuesday VV crossed to France and was at St-Malo when the download was made that afternoon. She had a look round the harbour area before deciding urban life wasn’t for her, then set off following the river Rance for a while, but at height. She flew on for roughly four hours before stopping quite near the south coast in a wooded area with a pond. She had flown over 350km in the day.

VV's travel on 3 September

VV’s travel on 3 September

The next day she set out and had a few stops in trees. At 09.12 GMT she was just off the coast. And on she went. She crossed the Bay of Biscay at between 25 and 30 knots (up to 55kph) most of the time and at altitudes mainly between 175 and 200m. Some migrating ospreys have taken a turn when crossing the Cap Ferrat Canyon in the ocean. VV was only just over the very edge of the area as you can see on the map below and there was no discernible shift in altitude, speed or direction.

Just before 18.46 she was over land again, very near the fishing town of Orio on the river Oria. She flew a few miles south and roosted on a wooded hill. Her crossing was 345km of ocean, and she did an extra 35km or so of flying over land in the day also. Well done, VV!

VV crosses the Bay of Biscay

VV crosses the Bay of Biscay

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3 Responses to VV flies across the Bay of Biscay to Spain

  1. Brave VV. I think we’ve missed our chance of seeing migrating osprey for this year.

  2. joannadailey says:

    Don’t say that, ViV, there are still plenty of sightings in England. And we still have one tracked juvenile to go, so keep watching!

  3. Vivien Finn says:

    Well done VV!

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