VV heads west

We left VV on Tuesday evening facing a choice of crossing the Atlas Mountains and then the Sahara, which would be a continuation of her general direction, or heading on a more westerly course for what should be a safer route nearer the coast. Here is the map of her travel on Wednesday. So far, so good.

VV heads west

VV heads west-ish

On Wednesday VV stayed in her roost area until after 10.30 GMT. The weather was OK for travel, no fog (our thanks to Paul Wildlifewriter for weather research), so it is not clear why she delayed her next move. But, it was with relief (for us) that it was almost due west before dipping to a more SW direction over the day. She had a couple of explorations as she flew along at altitudes  of over 3300m ( about 11000ft) at times. One was a small detour of 10 minutes or so to a river running into the Barrage El Ouidane; a resort at the NE end offers good fishing opportunities but VV did not stop or go further along the river.

VV has a fly around a river course

VV has a fly around a river course

A couple of other half hour detours did not feature stops; the last was near her eventual roost point.

VV spends time exploring the area south of her overnight roost on 10 September

VV spends time exploring the area south of her overnight roost on 10 September

She was still there at 06.28 today. Marrakech is only about 80 km further west. Even if she heads south today there are rivers and reservoirs before she would hit Western Sahara. Phew, for now!

 

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One Response to VV heads west

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    Thanks for this report, Joanna. So relieved she flew west. After all those lovely forests at Kielder the terrain must seem very barren to her. Never the less she can cope with that and hopefully some good fishing ahead.

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