UV nears the Senegal River

After no data download on 22 January, not entirely unexpected given the limited number of cell towers in Mauritania, it was still a relief tonight to receive an e-mail. And UV is nearing the Mauritania-Senegal border! Here is an image of his overall travel from leaving what looked like his overnight roost on 21 January and tonight.

UV overall travel from apparent roost 21 Jan to 23 Jan

UV overall travel from apparent roost 21 Jan to 23 Jan

He definitely did not like the area near the oil refinery on Wednesday evening and was flying over the sea at 23.47 GMT for a less populated location. He found it on an island within the Banc D’Arguin National Park. And here is a photo of the island, just above the nacelle of the aeroplane, which was rather spookily posted on a FB Group earlier today in a thread about UV! Thanks to Chris for sharing it here.

The island where UV spent the end of 21/22 night (c) Chris Wood

The island where UV spent the end of 21/22 night
(c) Chris Wood

Banc D’Arguin could have been a good place to stay for another stopover or longer. But no, UV set off again, hugging the coastline mostly until he found an overnight roost about 65 km north of Nouakchott, a name familiar to followers of osprey migration.

Today he was flying locally at 7.45 but possibly caught breakfast because he didn’t leave the area until around 10.00 to continue his migration. He flew past Nouakchott still by the coast but headed slightly inland towards the end of the day.

Tonight he is less than 20 km from the Senegal River, the border between Mauritania and Senegal. Here is an image showing his overnight roosts.

UV overnight roosts 21-23 Jan

UV overnight roosts 21-23 Jan

There will be more about his journey tomorrow when there has been a bit of time to analyse the data more fully.

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One Response to UV nears the Senegal River

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    Fantastic Joanna, so excited now and anxiously waiting, like you, for the news that he has arrived safely in Senegal. I look forward to the next detailed information about his recent journey.

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