Some more data on VY’s desert crossing

Some of the missing data on VY’s travel after 8 September arrived overnight, however we are still lacking a significant amount for 9 and 10 September.

By the end of 10 September VY had crossed the High Atlas Mountains which will be covered more fully when we receive the data. But here is a taster from Paul of  her using updrafts to gain height and speed – 53 knots is almost 100kph!

10 Sept: VY gains height and speed

10 Sept: VY gains height and speed

She roosted at the bottom of cliffs and near a stream off the river Draâ which flows along the top.

10 Sept: VY's roost

10 Sept: VY’s roost

From 11 to 15 September she crossed arid desert.

11-15 Sept: VY's travel

11-15 Sept: VY’s travel

You can see from the image that her path became more ‘wavy’ on 15 September. Another of Paul’s graphics shows why.

VY soars on thermals

VY soars on thermals

VY’s roost last night was in the wetlands by the Senegal River. Paul noticed her first stop just SSE of Ngorel was by the remains of an oxbow lake – now just a few elongated ponds.

First stop at 17.03

First stop at 17.03

She moved a short distance to roost.

15 Sept: VY crosses into Senegal

15 Sept: VY crosses into Senegal

The forecast for Senegal (and The Gambia and Guinea) is for heavy rain in the next 24 hours, so VY may not move far today.

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One Response to Some more data on VY’s desert crossing

  1. Cirrus says:

    I really really hope VY fished successfully in one of the ponds of the oxbow ‘lake’. Roosting on the ‘floor’ anywhere raises my blood pressure (remembeing 09 (98) … hope I remembered that ring correctly (Rutland bird). May you find good fishing and friendly neighbours VY

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