Best ever Christmas present

Just over a week ago, Aln’s GSM/GPS transmitter sent a limited amount of data from near the northern end of the Banc d’Arguin National Park in Mauritania. There are very few GSM masts in the area. Today, Aln was within range of one – at the southern end of her range on 16 December.

courtesy Paul McMichael

Aln was at the northern end of today’s fixes when the data was transmitted. This is possibly the southern extreme for sending data. As on 16 December, there were only new points for just a few hours. But so welcome! The next image shows Aln to the south early in the day, then travelling northwards.

a lazy morning before heading north

The weather for both UV and Aln has been challenging over the past few days, with the Harmattan bringing Saharan dust from the east – Jean-Marie’s photo of UV in the last post gave an idea how much visibility is reduced. This graphic shows large amounts of dust well offshore.

courtesy Paul McMichael

There should be clearer skies from tomorrow.

UV and Aln are about 540 km apart. Will Aln move south at some point? Recent poor visibility wouldn’t have encouraged her to leave the Banc d’Arguin. Time will tell, but she is in a known good wintering area, so Mauritania may be her home for the next 16 months or more.

Here are our two tagged Kielder ospreys this afternoon. Oblivious to Christmas!

Christmas in West Africa

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5 Responses to Best ever Christmas present

  1. Mike Simmonds says:

    Delighted to hear the news Jaydee and what a Christmas present for the team in particular.
    Happy Christmas!

  2. Jo says:

    Well …… what good news! So pleased Aln and UV are both well and sending data home! Thank you so much Joanna and Paul … what a lovely Christmas present for you both!

  3. Starling says:

    Thank you Joanna and Paul, for sharing such wonderful news. Must have made your day!

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