Although we know from his tracker that UV is in Northern Senegal we have never received any reports that he has been seen there – nor previously at various of his stopovers or on migration.
So it is thrilling for us that UV has been seen flying along the lagoon near his original area on the southern part of the Langue de Barbarie National Park.
The Project Tougoupeul is conducting important work monitoring bird populations in the area. Two Spanish biologists from Ecotono Birding Sevilla are assisting and have counted numerous Ospreys already. There are some great photos on their site.
We have been in touch with them about UV and yesterday they spotted him foraging near the Zebrabar, travelling north. They could see the tracker clearly through a scope. When we checked the times of their sighting against UV’s data there is no doubt it was him. Here is a photo from Rafa – even at distance the antenna and tracker are visible.
In this graphic by Paul the likely route between fixes has been added.
And lastly an image of UV’s route just 3 days earlier on 17 November.
We are so grateful to Rafa and his colleague for their efforts, and hope this isn’t the last time they see UV!