Latterly, UV has been spending much of his time in a small area near Pilote Barre lighthouse in northern Senegal. Our friend Jean-Marie Dupart has made several visits to the area over the last few days. This morning, he saw UV!
There is a lot of Saharan dust being carried out to sea by strong easterly winds at the moment, so UV has quite a golden glow! It is wonderful for us at Kielder Ospreys to see a photo of him, our thanks to Jean-Marie. He has taken some photos of the area, too. Here is the beach near the lighthouse.
On Google Earth, it often looks as though UV is sitting offshore from Pilote Barre. This is one of his recent foraging trips. Pilote Barre is just above the top of the image.
Another image shows over 24 hours of UV’s activity in the area. The stars are all perches.
What looks like a group of sandbar perches for UV is actually now part of the beach top left of the first image. Jean-Marie estimates it has extended c500m since the Google Earth photo was taken in April 2017, and has sketched the changes. The photo icon is on Pilote Barre’s site, centre of the image.
The current is depositing sand in the northern part of the area shown on the map, but tides are destroying the end of the Langue de Barbarie National Park (Jean-Marie’s land reduction at the bottom of the image). This is a consequence of cutting a breach through the Langue de Barbarie in 2003 to reduce the risk of flooding for the city of Saint-Louis.
Here are a couple more photos from Jean-Marie.
It is always special to see up to date photos of overwintering areas, and even more so to see the osprey in question. Many thanks to Jean-Marie for his dedication.
Finally, there hasn’t been any more data from Aln. This is not surprising as in the Banc d’Arguin National Park there are only 2 GSM towers. Both are in the far south, over 90 km from Aln’s location on 16 December. Those few so important fixes may be all we receive for many months.