On 21 January after nearly six weeks at the Gulf of Cintra UV moved on. It was a windy afternoon gusting over 30 knots or 55 kph from the NNE. So with a tailwind, here is his route.
Paul has provided lots of figures and graphics; UV’s overall speed averaged 46.7 kph with a maximum of 105 kph. He travelled 314.2 km from his overnight roost on 20 January to the last fix at after 19.00 GMT on 21 January. His highest altitude was 993m above sea level and much of his journey was at altitudes over 300m. Here are the graphs.
A final graphic shows his approach to his final spot with extensions to the ground giving a clear sense of his altitude.
He roosted in an area not far from an oil refinery and just into Mauritania; the peninsula is shared between Western Sahara to the west and Mauritania to the east. UV flew past Nouadhibou, the second largest city in Mauritania perhaps best known as the world’s largest ship graveyard! Not because of coastal wrecks but because over 300 vessels have been dumped in the area. The upside of the rusting hulks is that reefs have formed providing breeding grounds for fish. UV will like that bit!
However, he is not at all used to more populated areas and it is unlikely he will choose to stay. (Famous last words in the osprey world!) Even the light pollution may have disturbed him as he was moving around a little as the last data points were collected.
So where next and will it be another stopover?