Aln arrived at the border between the regions of Castilla-La Mancha and Andalucía on 28 September and roosted there.
She’d spent the previous day near the largest city in Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete.
The Canal del Salobral is nearby – and feeds the tank – but there are no fixes over it. The two fixes at the bottom of the image are of Aln flying near it early on 27 September, so she may have been foraging around that time. To us, it seems an odd place to spend a day when on migration, but Aln must have had a reason.
On 28 September she left the area at 09.03 UTC, but soon stopped for about 15 minutes. By another sump! She carried on over agricultural land on a SW course. By 10.45 she was approaching the Sierra de Alcaraz, a mountain range with a highest peak of 1796m.
Just before 11.00, Aln stopped at a fish farm.
Between 11.31 and 11.37 the tracker dropped 11°C, suggesting it may have been immersed in water.
After setting out again, Aln followed the course of the Rio del Jardin before heading SW over agricultural land. At 14.25 she arrived at the Pantano del Palomar.
Aln continued on for less than 2 hours. She stopped on a steep hillside overlooking a tributary of the Rio Guadalamena – the border.
A more osprey-like place to roost than the previous night’s choice!
Her late start, two pauses and an early finish meant that Aln flew only 102 km in the day. Exploring, rather than migrating.
She continued in the same vein yesterday. She set out earlier, but by 09.31 she decided to perch by the Embalse del Guadalamena for 10 minutes or so.
Over the rest of the morning, Aln stopped briefly at other watery spots – irrigation tanks being favourite!
The data for later yesterday hasn’t arrived yet.