After a stopover in Aragon lasting from the afternoon of 7 May to the morning of 15 May UV resumed his migration.
Yesterday he travelled 273 km across Spain.
UV’s starting point yesterday was the Embalse de Santolea which has two dams. The village after which the reservoir was named was demolished when the reservoir was first established – this happened to the properties in the North Tyne valley when Kielder Water was created. Four species of fish can be found in this reservoir (another he visited only has three!) so reasonable choice on the occasions he was there during the stopover. Here he is exploring it.
A view across Santolea reservoir.
During the stopover the weather was largely showery (or worse) and cool in Aragon. But by the weekend it was improving. UV would have replenished reserves after his feat of endurance in Africa and clearly felt fit to continue yesterday. He seemed to struggle to find thermals initially but they improved as the day went on – as this graphic by Paul shows.
UV overflew other reservoirs near the start and end of his travel. This is the late afternoon one.
He carried on flying and roosted in trees on the banks of the river Duero.
This morning there was an early email. UV had set off, just. Here is a context image.
Will he turn north and hug the coast after a Pyrenees crossing? Or continue WNW to cross the Bay of Biscay? That was his southward route from the UK. Paul’s weather analysis indicates that if UV goes to the north coast of Spain by Tuesday morning he will have a “window” for a sea crossing, probably diagonally over towards the coast of France. That “window” is expected to close with stormy weather moving in from the Atlantic later in the week.
Choose wisely, UV.