Aln arrived at Almeria on the southern coast of Spain early on 1 October. After a thorough exploration of points east, she roosted just inland.
The coastal strip Aln was exploring is in the Parque Natural Cabo de Gata.
On the image above, you can see Aln spent a few minutes at the salt marsh area, a Ramsar site.
She carried on without stopping there, but perched many times towards the bottom of the cliffs further east – all within the protected area.
Aln went a little inland by late afternoon. Her roost was another of her less scenic ones – a cement works! Not in the protected zone.
On 2 October, Aln began by retracing her ‘steps’.
An osprey overwintered at Cabo de Gato last year, but Aln left the cliffs and headed west, helped by a tailwind.
The water in the midst of the polytunnels at El Ejido was visited by an unringed osprey a couple of weeks ago. Aln turned north instead of diverting to it.
She didn’t retrace her route of a couple of days earlier as she headed mainly on a NNE course. By soon after midday, she would see the Sierra Nevada mountains ahead as she skirted round the edge of the Sierra de Gador. The highest mountains in the Sierra Nevada are over 3000m ASL. Aln flew parallel to a couple of steep sided, but lower ones – El Buitre (2466m) and Cerro del Almirez (2519m).
As Aln neared from the south at about 14.00, the slope rose 900m. Aln climbed just over 1000m, and would have been able to see over the ridge to lower land beyond.
Once over mountains, Aln crossed a plateau about 1000m ASL. Shortly before 15.00, she travelled just east of Andasol, a solar power station.
Aln followed a couple of river valleys as she maintained her course and gradually drew near her southward course. By 17.00 she was near a reservoir she would have recognised, the Embalse de Negratin. She hadn’t stopped there on the way south, and didn’t on 2 October, roosting instead by a river.
Yesterday, Aln’s data came in the morning and she had resumed her NE course.
An interesting migration!
UV was still in SW Portugal yesterday, Archer was settled in northern Senegal.