Osprey tracking update – 2nd October

After last week’s exertions travelling from France to Morocco last week, FR3 has slowed the migration pace again this week. Over the last seven days our young osprey has travelled approximately 120km (70 miles) further SW. The bulk of this journey took place on 25th September, since when FR3 has once again settled into a routine of spending long periods of time roosting and making occasional short exploratory flights into the surrounding area. A longer foray which took place over the afternoon of the 26th and the following morning, included an exploration of the Oued Grou – a large river system to the SW of the roost site.

FR3's progress between 25th September and 1st October 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR3’s progress between 25th September and 1st October 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR4 meanwhile remains settled on the same stretch of the Gambia river, despite having undertaken a 3 day journey over the 25-27th September. During this period FR4 travelled to the SW, joining the Lower Gambia river and following it to its confluence with the main Gambia river (reached just after 3pm on the 26th), before turning east and heading back upstream along the north bank of the main river.

FR4's movements from 25th September to 2nd October 2015

FR4’s movements from 25th September to 2nd October 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

More news next week…

Jonathan

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