The last post on UV described him slowing down and starting to explore. This graphic by Paul of UV’s track on 20 September shows the start of the changed behaviour. Times are UTC.
The kinks on the track are usually when UV is catching a thermal – sometimes this happens several times an hour. This animation by Paul shows such a section of UV’s track. Click on the image to play.
By the end of Wednesday he’d travelled 2300 km since leaving N England. Would he stop at the river for a few days?
The answer is ‘no’ – after spending Thursday morning in the same area UV set off south. But then he made a U turn.
The reason for the U turn wasn’t weather. Migration conditions to cross to NW Africa were ideal. When he was heading south UV was flying high enough to have seen the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. He would also have recognised places he stayed and visited during his 3 months in SW Portugal in 2014. Yet he didn’t divert to re-visit them until he was over São Teotónio, a small municipality between the hills and the lower agricultural land near the coast.
By 15.11 UV was near the Rio Mira which he would remember from 2014.
Yesterday was UV’s 13th day of migration. His is a very different journey to Rutland Osprey Project’s 30(05) who flew from Rutland to Senegal in the same number of days.
The weather over the next few days looks fairly settled, perhaps cloudier conditions later in the weekend. But will UV will take advantage to cross to Africa?