After her 12 hour sea crossing from Portugal to Morocco on Sunday 7H has been taking it easy. On Monday she was on the move early for her, possibly hungry after her long journey, but she didn’t leave her roost area until late morning. She could have fished at sea in that time, but was also by a couple of streams or small rivers inland. She then flew over the Bouznika Forest (tiny, especially compared to Kielder!) before heading parallel to the coast and south of Casablanca. Initially she flew at altitudes of up to 470m but generally around half that before a spell of an hour mainly over 500m. She travelled at speeds between 25-45 kph, mostly nearer the lower end. 7H found a roost for the night at 17.45 GMT about 5 km inland, having first circled around to the coast and back. She was on agricultural land in a row of tall trees between fields. She covered about 150 km in the day.
On Tuesday the data download was early afternoon. By then 7H had covered about 50 km still heading parallel with the coast. She reached the river Oum Er Rbia (Arabic for Mother of Spring) shortly before 12.00 GMT. The next fixes show her hunting or stationary by the river. The second largest river in Morocco, the fishing opportunities in the Oum Er Rbia attract humans too!
Back in Portugal UV continues to laze by a reservoir; the pause in his migration has lasted for nine days. A tracked Scottish 5 year old male osprey, Rothiemurchus, is on his usual stopover at the opposite end of Iberia; he carries on after two or three weeks to wintering grounds in Senegal, just north of The Gambia. What will UV do next?