7H heads for the bright lights!

The last 7H update was on her first day in Spain when she was travelling south. She stopped in the afternoon on a narrow part of the river Navia, north of the Embalse de Salime. She rose to over 1000m flying down the river apparently looking for a good spot to settle, before dropping to a roost height of 130m.

Choosing a good roost spot

Choosing a good roost spot

She had flown less than 100 km in the day but after her Bay of Biscay exploits was due a relaxing afternoon having the odd flight along the river.

A close up view of the roost by the Navia

A close up view of the roost by the Navia

By 10.11 on 13 September 7H was heading away from the area gaining height to over 2000m at times as she flew at speeds mainly between 45 and 65 kph from late morning until 16.30. She had small detours soon after 14.00 when near the Encoro do Bao and two other Encoros (Galician for dam says Google) but did not fish. Soon after 16.00 she crossed into Portugal and decided on an urban experience, roosting on the outskirts of Chaves, 10 km south of the Spanish border. The population is over 40000 so a far cry from Kielder!

A very different outlook to the previous night

A very different outlook to the previous night

The image above shows her at a small lake initially before she went nearer the city centre to roost. It may have been too noisy, too bright or both because in the early hours she flew a short way north to a less populated area. She had flown around 230 km by the time she reached Chaves.

On 14 September she had moved into a more wooded area by about 07.00; with only hourly fixes until after 09.00 it isn’t clear if she fished before leaving. 7H flew S/SSE with several minor excursions whern she would fly higher and appear to have a good look around. The third time she did this was over small lakes and the river Covo, near Touro, and she had two 15 minute stops suggesting she fished. She then flew on to an industrial area on the edge of Nelas. She had covered around 200 km before reaching there.

Today she set off at about 08.30 but an hour later was by the river Mondego near Seixas. By midday she had travelled a short distance along its path, apparently fishing.

Here is an image of her travel over the period.

7H travelling generally SSE through Spain and Portugal

7H travelling generally SSE through Spain and Portugal

The last image shows how she and cousin UV were at approximately the same point on different days in the Bay of Biscay, and how they have taken roughly parallel paths since landfall. Will they meet as 7H slowly catches the even slower UV?

UV and 7H in Iberia

UV and 7H in Iberia

 

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One Response to 7H heads for the bright lights!

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    It really is lovely to see some of the areas that the Ospreys have visited. Forests to roost and rivers to fish, yes. Interesting though that she made an urban visit but then obviously thought better. Wherever she is today I hope the wind is under her wings and carrying her far and safe.

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