The last update on UV mentioned that he hadn’t visited the mainland since mid-June. He obviously read that because he went there the next day! And he has continued to cross the tidal lagoon every few days since. There has been a little rain, but the rainy season isn’t in full flow yet so is not a significant factor in his new behaviour.
UV mostly heads east then north, influenced by the prevailing NNW winds. Here is one trip on 22 July.
He spends a varying amount of time on the mainland. So far he has always returned to base before sunset. Some days he has only travelled as far as the inshore lagoon opposite the Langue de Barbarie. The next image is 28 July.
He flies at over 300m ASL or higher at the start of most of the longer forays.
When UV stays on the Langue de Barbarie he tends to hunt at sea more often than in the tidal lagoon. The number of fixes increase after the early morning period so at least one other flight is probably not captured. This is 25 July when the data showed three offshore journeys.
Paul has used his newly developed animation tool to show a day by day visual record of UV’s July activity. It also indicates faster flying speeds by deepening colour. This gives a really good idea of UV’s range and behaviour, and is quite different to the 7H animation. Thanks again to Paul.