The mid-month post described several journeys by UV south to near a fishing village – Yodi – before he returned to the southern end of the Langue de Barbarie to perch on the beach. The first two weeks of February are shown in two images below.
The most striking difference is the lack of fixes in the second week over UV’s original area which is circled in yellow. There is always more data from late morning to early evening so UV could be overflying his old home early in the day but the fixes indicate he is not showing as much interest in it compared to the previous few weeks.
The length of his range from 1-7 February is about 45 km in a straight line. In the second week he covered a more modest 33.5 km stretch of coast!
In the third week of February UV went south every day until 20 February. On 20 and 21 February he concentrated on the northern part of the Langue de Barbarie, the very tip of the mainland to the south and the southern end of the island on which Doune Baba Dieye fell victim to the power of the ocean (see last post for details).
In the final part of February UV stayed to the north of his area apart from i) 24 February when he flew east to the irrigated land near the Ngalam river and ii) 29 February when he travelled south again.
UV’s ‘popular places’ at the end of the month include beaches, Mangroves by a narrow tributary of the Senegal River, and areas of scrub with mainly Acacia and Baobob trees.
The more modest range above covers about 15 sq km of mainly roadless terrain. Three dedicated followers of UV visited him last week – it would have been very much more helpful if he had gone to the south whilst we were there! Nevertheless we found him several times, mainly early or late in the day in his roost area. In this photo you can just make out the paler colour of the tracker on his back. It was clearly visible through a scope.
And on our last full day UV treated us to a fly past by scrub he had perched in for nearly two hours the previous day.
A post later in the week will contain photos and descriptions of some of UV’s regular sites, all of which have a good supply of Ospreys to admire!
Pip and Vic’s determination to get the most out of the trip was key to the successes. They also deserve credit for recovering various items I left behind in the excitement of the hunt for UV!