UV travels on through the desert

A late email last night contained welcome data showing UV’s route through the Sahara desert. Here is Sunday’s travel with the overall route inset.

UV’s route on 16 April
courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

As you can see UV is parallel to the coast and will be able to see the Atlantic Ocean when at his higher altitudes – provided there is no haze.

UV has travelled 1226 km since leaving the Langue de Barbarie on 13 April. He has increased his daily distance covered – 388 km on Saturday and 427 km yesterday. These figures are calculated from the track, not a straight line between the two points. UV’s thermalling is visible as ‘notches’ in the image above. This graphic shows what you would see if standing on the ground watching UV soar.

rapid ascent using thermal activity
courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

UV is roosting on the desert floor. His view would be similar to this.

But the Atlas mountains lie ahead for UV later this week.

Paul has checked the weather data: “The weather outlook for UV remains favourable. Winds light to moderate, southerly, 20-30 kph decreasing. If he can get round the end of the Atlas range by Friday, that will be encouraging.”

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4 Responses to UV travels on through the desert

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    Wow, thank you for the update Joanna. This is good news to read, fingers crossed he continues safely on his migration and over the Atlas mountains.

  2. Jo says:

    He’s definitely more focused this 2nd migration back …… onwards and upwards and stay safe young man. Thank you Joanna for the update ….. and Paul for your graphics and weather watches – much appreciated.

  3. Cirrus says:

    Not very happy about UV roosting on the desert floor! All sorts of predators. Hope he geto over tlhe ATlas mountains and into terraine with trees to roost in pretty pronto. Thanks for the update Joanna

    • joannadailey says:

      It’ll take UV several days to cross the Atlas Mountains, Cirrus. On the night of 16/17 April UV was roosting at a slightly higher elevation than the surrounding terrain so would have a good view of the surrounding area. There’s little choice of places to roost in the desert. Most of the N European ospreys will have crossed the Sahara on their migrations.

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