Quiet times for UV

In March UV was very settled in his overwintering spot in northern Senegal. He seldom travelled far from his central area to places such as the canal and Lac Guembeul to the east. Over the month he had a few trips slightly further out to sea.

the Google Earth view until recently

This was one such trip and as you can see he flew at too high an altitude to have been foraging.  Before he set off UV was perched not in water (the red dot to the right of the 13.43 fix) as the Google earth imagery was showing at that time, but on the now extended beach. Paul modelled what the area could look like following some longitude/latitude readings taken on the recent visit to Senegal.

a model of the landscape end Feb 2017
courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

In the last few days Google earth has added new plates which still don’t show the extent of the beach on the right. On 25 March UV travelled up the shoreline of the northern spit of the Langue de Barbarie.

a typical foraging trip off north spit

On Google earth UV still looks as though he set off from a perch in the water! Their plate is dated 22 November 2016 so in three months significant amounts of sand had been deposited.

In recent days very hot temperatures – into the low 40’s – have been replaced by cooler conditions. This is why.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

By yesterday the dust was spread far and wide.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

Thanks to Paul for his graphics of this weather ‘event’, quite remarkable to see.

Thanks also to Vic for sharing his time lapse video of UV flying along the beach in February and thrilling his three admirers! Press the HD button and enjoy.


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6 Responses to Quiet times for UV

  1. M Simmonds says:

    Thank you all.

  2. thehutts says:

    Thanks to Paul as ever for his great weather analysis and satellite imagery. Sally

  3. Patricia Gilson says:

    Has Blue UK set off back to the UK yet?

    • joannadailey says:

      I’m not aware of an osprey Blue UK. If you mean Blue UV he hadn’t as of this morning, Patricia.

  4. Jo says:

    What a lovely animation Vic ……. thank you ……… hoping the lad will be back this season …… and thanks too, to you Joanna and to Paul for the analysis and imagery of UV’s location :-) Much appreciated as always.

  5. Cirrus says:

    Paul is amazing – thank your Paul. And what a lovely lovely video, thank you Vic.

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