In late February UV was spending much of his time on the small island east of the part of the Langue de Barbarie north of the breach. We had hoped to get near it during the pirogue trip described in the last post but the currents and rough sea meant only the larger fishing pirogues could cross the channel. Plan B was to try and approach it from the north, taking in the end of the Langue de Barbarie where UV was still spending some time. And he is now – this image shows a few visits over the last couple of days including this morning!
The last fix, the yellow one, is approximately here.
You can see in the Google Earth image that UV stuck to an area quite near the end of the spit. Recently that has been his preference whereas earlier he would spend hours on the little island in the bay. This is the eastern end of that island.
One reason UV may be using it less is the presence of people. In late February there was human foraging activity on the small island and also the beach nearby. About 2 kms further north a small encampment could be seen.
Back at the end of north spit Ospreys abounded, showing little interest when we left the pirogue albeit at some distance from them.
Many of the poles were occupied, although not this group. This photo is of an area very close to the fixes on the Google Earth image. Was UV on one of them today?!
The amount of plastic and other rubbish was disturbing to see. The tides and currents make the area near the breach a natural dumping ground.
This is the tip of the north spit; if the photo had been taken at 10.33 today UV would be in it.
Looking to the north again mounds of vegetation like this could explain some of the times UV appears to be perched in water, although low tide is a more probable reason.
From the north spit the remains of Doune Baba Dieye could be seen across the river – and to the left the young Casuarina trees planted recently, their even spacing drawing attention.
Our pirogue set off south to literally test the water. Were conditions sufficiently calm near the shore to get near the tip of the mainland where UV had been the previous day? The Google Earth image shows a slight overlap with the island.
Unfortunately we were unable to travel that far and haze prevented any photo opportunities. However a landing on the island was possible. Although UV wasn’t there that day some other Ospreys were present in one fairly small area. Including one who posed for several minutes as the pirogue neared the land.
Heading back to Saint Louis more Ospreys – and other birds – were hunting or perched. Here are a few more great photos by Vic of another memorable day. Our thanks to Papa Dieye, our guide and pirogue driver who acts as a bird guide at Djoudj National Park in addition to taking visitors to the area around the mouth of the Senegal River. Few of his clients will have as specific destinations in mind as the three people he met that February day!