The last few posts about UV described his quite settled existence. He has no fixed routine -spending different amounts of time in several places – but he uses familiar spots and he can sit for hours! Just like most over-wintering ospreys.
On Wednesday UV flew further south than he has done since arriving back in Senegal. At his most southerly point he was offshore near the area that was his home for several months in 2015.
Yesterday UV was back there and went further, higher and for longer! He was in the air for around 2.5 hours with a 3 minute break perched on a tree by the river. His maximum altitude was 1036m ASL. Especially when over the river UV could have been hunting. But about 40% of the time he was over 150m ASL, far too high to see fish especially as the water is not clear. Perhaps UV was observing where other birds were hunting given he hasn’t been flying over the area recently. Whatever the reason for his behaviour it is interesting data.
It’s impossible to capture UV’s activity in an image. Paul has spent hours, literally, creating an animation of UV’s outing. UV’s altitude is shown at each point of his journey. Click to follow his route.