A few days with UV

In the last week UV – wintering in northern Senegal – has had some visitors from the UK. Jean-Marie Dupart met us in ‘UVland’ on 8 February. Whilst we were photographing another couple of ospreys, Jean-Marie took the more important ‘tail end Charlie’ photo of a third one.

UV flying behind 2 other ospreys
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

The next day, courtesy Jean-Marie, we saw UV again.

UV after leaving a perch
(c) Vic Paine

We saw UV again over the next 2 days. Some images follow.

UV with breakfast on 10 February
(c) Vic Paine

UV on the same tree, 11 Feb
(c) Vic Paine

UV with camels passing below
(c) Joanna Dailey

When back in the UK, there will be some video and a few more images of UV. He was mostly over 1 km away, and with heat haze photographs are not of the quality we would wish. We’ll also write about a visit to an area UV has favoured.

Our thanks to Jean-Marie for his expertise with a relatively small lens, and showing us UV’s current perch preferences.

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More photos of UV

Jean-Marie Dupart has sent us some photos of UV, taken on Friday morning. Jean-Marie saw UV flying towards the mouth of the Senegal River, presumably to get breakfast.

UV’s GPS/GSM transmitter can be seen
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Later that morning, UV was perched in a favourite tree.

UV on ‘his’ baobab tree
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Nearby, another osprey was perched on the top of a dead palm.

a ‘friend’?
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Ospreys are usually tolerant of others in close proximity when in their wintering areas. UV has been seen sharing a tree with another osprey in the past, but not whilst Jean-Marie was watching on Friday.

Our thanks to Jean-Marie for his continued interest in UV and sharing his photos with us.

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Update on UV in northern Senegal

Our friend Jean-Marie Dupart saw UV twice late last week. He has shared details of his sightings and his photos with us, for which we are very grateful.

On Thursday, an osprey was perched a little way inland from the coast, in one of UV’s favourite areas.

UV or another osprey?
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Another osprey was nearby. Jean-Marie was some distance away, and could not determine if one was UV. Both took off. Jean-Marie could see that one was wearing a GSM/GPS transmitter – it was UV!

UV’s transmitter is visible
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Here are some photos of the two birds flying – it appeared the other osprey was unhappy with UV being perched close to it.

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The following day, UV flew by with his breakfast as Jean-Marie was in the same general area.

UV carrying breakfast
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Here are more photos of UV carrying what may be a sardinella, a frequent catch on the coast.

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And off UV goes, to enjoy his meal…

(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

There are many photos of ospreys and other birds of northern Senegal – and more – on Jean-Marie’s site.

Now the new breeding season is nearing, we are updating parts of the blog. For instance, there is a new map in ‘Location Maps‘ for Winter 2018-19, and the new ‘Timeline‘ page has links to summaries of each breeding season and identified ringed intruders. We’re most grateful to Ellie, the NWT seasonal Osprey Assistant last year, for preparing the breeding season spreadsheets. We’re aiming to update both summaries regularly.

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More about Y6

On Thursday we described finding Blue Y6, the youngest of three 2016 offspring of Nest 2’s 37 and EB. This post has a bit more detail about the sighting. We’ll begin with a photo of her.

Y6 posing
(c) Joanna Dailey

Gambian Bird Guide Fansu Bojang had organised a boat trip to the Bijoli or Bijol Islands, a protected area. This map shows the thin islands in context to the mainland of The Gambia.

Tanji Bird Reserve is within the black oval, the islands are within the red oval
courtesy Google Earth

Several unringed ospreys were already perched at various points as the pirogue reached the beach. After a few minutes, a new osprey flew in and a blue ring could be seen.

Y6 approaches
(c) Joanna Dailey

Fansu identified the ring through his scope as Y6. He saw her several times at Tanji Bird Reserve between November 2017 and January 2018. This is the first reported sighting from offshore.

Y6 moved a few metres along the beach, landing near an unringed osprey and other birds, mainly terns.

Y6’s first move
(c) Joanna Dailey

She moved again after a few minutes, and had a bathe in a shallow pool. The wind noise reduction was on, although it doesn’t sound like it! Press HD for best quality on clips.

She stayed in the water for a while.

After drinking and bathing, Y6 moved to a pebbly area of the island where other ospreys were already perched.

A fourth osprey joined the party.

as the fourth osprey arrives, Y6 is at the front
(c) Joanna Dailey

All the ospreys preened at times, and sometimes chipped if other ospreys came too near.

All too soon, our time with Y6 (and ‘friends’) was up. But we’d experienced a special hour or so.

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Hot news!

The weather on the southern coast of The Gambia was around 33ºC mid morning, but the news from there is even hotter. 2016 Nest 2 Blue Y6 was seen for the first time since January –  as far as we know.
As an osprey landed on the main Bijoli Island, a small group offshore opposite Tanji Bird Reserve, a blue ring could be seen. Bird Guide Fansu Bojang focused his scope and the blur became Y6. Here are a few photos.

Y6 examining her rings
(c) Joanna Dailey

looking at other ospreys
(c) Joanna Dailey

having a drink
(c) Joanna Dailey

Wifi won’t support uploading even short videos, but there will be a couple on Sunday. A pre-Christmas treat for Kielder Osprey fans!

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UV again!

Just over a week after photographing UV in his wintering grounds in N Senegal, Jean-Marie Dupart saw him again yesterday morning.

UV perched on a Baobab tree
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

You can just see the antenna of UV’s GSM/GPS transmitter. Then UV took off and flew around the area, revealing the transmitter itself.

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UV returned to his perch after a couple of minutes.

that’s enough exercise for a while!
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

As ever, we are very grateful to Jean-Marie for his photographs. He has just returned from a trip inland following the course of the Senegal River. Several posts about the interesting places he explored are on his website.

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UV is seen again. Briefly!

Jean-Marie Dupart saw UV early today – 07.50 UTC. Just before he set off towards the Senegal River mouth. Here are Jean-Marie’s photographs, showing the blue ring on the right leg (first photo) and the GSM/GPS transmitter (flying shots).

UV leaves to head for the river
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

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Now UV’s transmitter is not working, it is wonderful to receive news of him, and Jean-Marie’s photos – and the time he devotes to UV – are very much appreciated.

The area that is UV’s winter home, and the city of Saint Louis to the north, is suffering from severe coastal erosion. Jean-Marie’s photographs here and here show damage this week. World Bank funding for remedial work may help slow the impact, but people and wildlife are threatened.

Unsurprisingly, we didn’t receive any more data from 7L/Aln in Mauritania today. Occasional insights from there are also much valued.

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7L/Aln checks in

We haven’t received data from 2017 Nest 2 female 7L/Aln’s satellite tag since early March. She has a GSM/GPS transmitter, so data can only be sent if she is near a cell tower. She is well away from technology in her wintering grounds by the Mauritanian coast!

However, today she ventured north and was within range long enough to send a couple of days of precious data.

much perching by the lagoon

She spends most of her time perched by the relatively newly formed lagoons of Bellaat, which we wrote about in March.

The engineering data shows the battery is charging well, and the transmitter appears in good shape. As does 7L/Aln, whose top speed was over 70 km/h as she flew NW this morning. This image shows she was perched opposite the populated peninsula of Cap Blanc at the last fix, 12.26 UTC.

opposite Cap Blanc

It was late in 2017 when we received the first transmissions from Mauritania. Her rare trips north may be related to fish migration, but they could be chance. To know she is thriving to date is excellent news.

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First photos of UV back in his wintering grounds

2014 Nest 1 male Blue UV’s GSM/GPS transmitter failed in May this year. There were a few records of him over the summer, but we have received no news since August of his whereabouts until today. Then…

UV is spotted!
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

Jean-Marie Dupart, who photographed UV in the Langue de Barbarie area of northern Senegal a number of times last winter, has been looking in known favourite spots for several weeks. Today, his diligence was rewarded, and he saw UV perched in a favourite Baobab a little way inland. Jean-Marie was a long way from the tree, but his photos show the antenna and/or transmitter and also the right leg blue ring.

a closer shot
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

UV shows his blue ring
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

UV in flight
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

ring visible again
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

last photo – this time!
(c) Jean-Marie Dupart

We are extremely grateful to Jean-Marie for continuing to look for UV, and wish him further successes!

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Intruders on the new platform

Yesterday’s post promised details of W6’s last few days on the platform after the unringed female migrated, and information about intruders.

In a sense, the two are intertwined, as W6 enjoyed the company of Mrs YA from Nest 1A for part of each of the four days immediately after ‘his’ female left. He supplied Mrs YA with fish from the start.

W6 and Mrs YA before the first fish ‘gift’
(c) Forestry Commission England

On 23 August, there were at least 2 handovers from W6, and in the evening he sought to seal the courtship!

a bit late in the season for this!
(c) Forestry Commission England

After 25 August Mrs YA wasn’t seen until 31st, when she was on briefly.

dropping in to say farewell?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA was last seen on her own nest on 24 August – where was she when not with W6, we wonder!

After 25 August, W6 continued to eat on the nest some days, and brought material, but he was less present than when he was bonding. He wasn’t seen after the afternoon of 6 September. We look forward to his return in 2019.

Re other intruders, Mrs YA wasn’t the only Kielder resident to call in. YA landed on the nest on 12 July, when W6 and the female had been together for 2 days, as far as we know.

YA checks out the new female in the forest
(c) Forestry Commission England

He didn’t stay long. Nor did EB from Nest 2, when she touched down on 10 August.

EB and the female
(c) Forestry Commission England

Several other ospreys also landed. Some were unringed, but four were ringed. The first was seen on the trailcam before either W6 or the female. KN7 is a 2 year old from near Meikleour in Perthshire.

KN7’s first appearance
(c) Forestry Commission England

He landed on Nests 1A and 2 in August, and was on the new platform on 6 days in total. This is his last recorded presence.

KN7 and the female
(c) Forestry Commission England

One intruder made a single landing. CV9 is a 4 year old from Dumfries and Galloway.

CV9 lands…
(c) Forestry Commission England

… and moves to the rear perch
(c) Forestry Commission England

CV9 was also on the Nest 2 footage in early September. These are the only records since migration.

Another young osprey, 2 year old PX5 from the Solway area, made 4 appearances on the new platform in August. On his first, he wasn’t made welcome.

PX5 and the female…
(c) Forestry Commission England

… only briefly!
(c) Forestry Commission England

PX5 was also seen on the Nest 1A and Nest 2 footage.

The last post included a number of stills of the longest recorded intrusion, by 2 year old Freya from Border Ospreys. We’ll end with her, looking relaxed with W6.

Freya watches W6
(c) Forestry Commission England

relaxed enough to doze
(c) Forestry Commission England

A table of intruders seen over the years will be added to the Timeline shortly, and Ellie’s spreadsheet of key events over the years.

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