Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Cruising through Spain...will he stay or will he go?

On to Salamanca

22 October 2011

Ozwald was already migrating by 0900GMT and kept a leisurely flight SW being south of Palensia at 1000hrs. Just before midday he flew over Valladolid and at 1400hr was flying at 1760 metres at 25km/hr. At 1500hrs he was just east of Salamnace where he turned south and before the hour had landed beside the River Tormes and remained along the wooded edge of the river in farmlands between Santa Teresa and Fresno Alhardigo. This area is 160 kms WNW of Madrid. His journey today was 210 kms.

Stopping off

24 October 2011

He has remained on the section of the River Tormes - looks to be a very good place for fishing. It would be possible for him to winter in Spain - the old female from nest A11 (which Roy satellite tagged in 1999 and 2000) winters about 70 kms to the SW of the reservoir - Gabriel y Galan.

It will be interesting to see what he does from here. It's such a relief to know that he is already in an area he could potentially overwinter. I wonder if it is safer to overwinter in Spain, where there are no big predators such as crocodiles? I'm so pleased he's out of the UK. We've had cold rain and strong winds in the past few days.  

Maps to follow. I've had a look at some of the photo icons on Google Earth of the Rio Tormes and it looks like a perfect osprey river.   

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