This post covers UV’s activity on 6 October and yesterday until 15.15 UTC. Data for the remainder of yesterday and today is likely to arrive this evening – provided UV is within range of a cell tower.
On 6 October, UV flew 233 km, a modest day after his sea crossing on 5 October.
staying near the coast
As is often the case with migrating ospreys, UV had a few pre-dawn moves, then was flying just offshore at 08.29 UTC. He didn’t leave that area until 09.48. He overflew Safi at 10.27 and began to move away from, but parallel to, the coast on his southerly course. By noon, he was 20 km inland. Just ahead of him was a solar power station, one of many in Morocco.
a shape to remember
UV continued on a more SW course, keeping the ocean about 20 km to his west. Soon after 14.00 he arrived at the Barrage Zerrar.
The dam was built to protect coastal Essaouira from floods, and also to provide potable water and irrigation. UV carried on flying.
He had been crossing some hills – as visible around the barrage – and also flatter ground. Shortly before 15.00, mountains up to c800m were ahead.
The next major feature was another reservoir, Barrage (Prince) Moulay Abdellah.
worth a close look
By 17.00, the number of fixes are reducing. There are 9 minutes between the top fix, where UV had just arrived, and the next one, on the south side of the reservoir. UV was flying low and slow. The following fix is 17.19.
It is possible that UV foraged or bathed. Or he could have been checking the reservoir for possible future needs. Interestingly, Blue DF, a 7 year old Scottish male fitted with a GSM/GPS transmitter by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation this year, paused briefly here on his migration.
UV roosted on a hillside about 13 km south of the reservoir and 32 km north of Agadir.
In the early hours of 7 October, UV moved several times, flying a total of 44.7 km in darkness. Still before dawn, he was over the ocean at 06.49, then perched just inland. He set off on migration at about 09.30.
diverging from the coastline
His route from south of Agadir is very close to Blue DF‘s a couple of weeks earlier.
As on 6 October, UV flew straight across mountainous terrain. As had Blue DF.
UV was about 400m above the c740m terrain
Shortly before the last fixes in the download, UV had his ‘highest of the day’ moment – approximately 2400m above the terrain.
courtesy Paul McMichael
Let’s hope UV is within range of a cell tower for a download later today.