Brie-a stops to say "cheese" in France...
2 hours ago by Jen Clark
Do you recognise this young osprey? We believe it is none other than our youngest chick, Breagha, spotted and photographed on 29th August by a gentlemen named Alain in Montmartin-en-Graignes in France. Alain sighted the osprey fishing in the canal and then roosting in two trees. He provided a map of the three locations where he observed the bird. This information was forwarded onto Roy Dennis who then forwarded the coordinates of the osprey’s location onto us to check if it matched up with our tracking data – and it does! Mike carefully checked the data, matching the time and location of Alain’s sighting to our information from the tracker showing that Mike was right in his theory (see previous blog) that Breagha was fishing in the canals on his lazy day on 29th August. I think it is safe to assume that the photographed bird is Breagha.
Breagh. Gaelic for beautiful/handsome and I’m sure you’ll all agree very appropriate for this good looking osprey. Pronounced bree-ah
Our other boy is Oighrig. Another Gaelic name, which means ‘new speckled one’ but when you translate it into an English name, it is Africa (which could end up being ironic should he end up in Spain like his older sibling, Caledonia). Pronounced oy-rick.
Jen Clark - 4 Sep 2013 12:41 PM
OIGHRIG is continuing his charge S covering another 1000 km over the four days.
On 30 August he left the roost site at around 07.00 GMT travelling W and crossing the Moroccan coast 95 km N of Rabat at 13.00 GMT before roosting in the mountains near a lake SSE of Aïn El Aouda having travelled 335 km. He was up early on 31 August and travelled generally SW to stop at 13.00 GMT at Barrage Al Missara, a dam on the Oum Er-Rbia river. He continued SW passing to the E of Marrakesh at around 17.00 GMT before coming to roost on a large cultivated area near Ait Atlou. Another long journey of 288 km. A slightly shorter trip of only 195 km on 1 September. He generally travelled SW skirting the High Atlas Mountains to the W near the coast at 14.00 GMT and at 20.00 GMT came to roost 40 km SE of Agadur. On 2 September he made another shorter trip of 150 km skirting the Anti-Atlas range between 12.00 and 14.00 GMT arriving at the coast at 16.00 GMT. Unfortunately there was no further data so hopefully he is going to stay put overnight as this last point is just to the north of the Western Sahara and he needs to prepare himself for the Sahara crossing.
BREAGHA is still on a leisurely trip through France.
On 30 August he started by travelling E crossing into the Calvados region of Normandy then changed direction at 11.00 GMT before coming to roost at 17.00 GMT on the Étang De Charentonne (lake) close to Saint-Evroult-Notre-Dame-Du-Bois. A journey of 133 km. On 31 August he visited other parts of the lake before continuing SE to another small lake so he must have been fishing. He then travelled S passing Moulins-La-Marche at 11.00 GMT and crossing over Le Mans in Pays de la Loire at around 14.00 GMT finally having travelled 110 km for the day to roost just S of Le Mans at 15.00 GMT. Another shorter day of only 97 km on 1 September when he set off SSW stopping on the River Loire at 11.00 GMT for more sustenance perhaps then travelled SE passing Sanmur and various detours arriving at a roost on the Vienne River at 21.00 GMT. Another leisurely day on 2 September travelling only 4 km finally settling on Lac de Tétine to the W of Montour until around 17.00 GMT... Next update will be Friday
Osprey travel update - By Kayleigh Brookes: Here is the latest update for our boys and girl.
He is really enjoying the Loire region of France and has only appeared to travel about 20 km or so over the last three days. Most of the time he has been recorded on a small unnamed lake to the N of the Vienne River and W of the small hamlets of Montour and La Maçonnière. He appears to have had just one small excursion N of around 20 km between 07.00 and 17.00 GMT to the Loire River near an industrial complex and E of the town of Chouzé-Sur-Loire.
He is still charging S and has now made it to Mauritania covering another 950 km or so in the last three days. He finally roosted at 18.00 GMT on 2 September on what appears to be a small river in Morocco. On 3 September he continued S for 390 km through Morocco and roosted at 20.00 GMT on the NW border of Mauritania. During the day he passed to the E of Tan-Tan and was flying high at 200 km or so for some of the time. On 4 September he continued his southern track following the Moroccan/Mauritania border for a lot of the way. He crossed the Tropic of Cancer around 18.00 GMT and roosted just S of the Tropic line at 20.00 GMT having covered 285 km in the day. On 5 September he continued S to cover another 240 km before roosting at 22.00 GMT just N of the Akchâr Desert.
She is still in Spain spending most of the last six days around the Rio Guadalquivir/Rivera De Huelva area. On 3 September she did a 35 km round day trip to the NW of the Rio to an area she has visited before near the Rio Guadiamar and on 4 September she travelled NE to another favourite haunt of small man-made reservoirs near the Hacienda De La Cabana.
Next download is Monday.
4 minutes ago by Mike H
Breagha is still touring the Loire and Vienne rivers so must have found some good fishing and perhaps this is where he plans to stay until it is time to return to the UK. On 6 September he spend most of his time around Lac de Tétine with a short excursion to the Vienne River. On 7 September he managed a 17 km trip visiting the Loire River opposite Montsoreau at 09.00 GMT then flew NE up the Loire to near Parney before returning SE to roost at 19.00 GMT to the W of Savigny-En-Veron. On 8 September he had a relatively busy day but still travelling only 26 km. He started at 05.00 GMT travelling NW to the Loire then SE back to Lac de Tétine at 11.00 GMT. He then set off NE to the Loire again where he was resting at 13.00 GMT between La Batardeau and La Chapelle-sur-Loire. The rest of the day was spent on the Loire where he eventually came to roost.
He finally reaches the coast having negotiated the dangers of the Sahara. On 6 September he travelled SW from his overnight roost covering some 340 km between 08.00 and 20.00 GMT at times at an altitude of over 200 m. He stopped to the NW of Atar at 14.00 GMT and passed to the SE of Akjoujt at 18.00 GMT before arriving at his overnight roost at 20.00 GMT in what appears to be an area of vegetation on the side of a wadi. A shorter journey of only 190 km on 7 September having left his overnight roost at around 06.00 GMT reaching the coast at 16.00 GMT. He explored a small area of this coastal stretch before finally coming to roost at 20.00 GMT in the Trarza region of Mauritania. On 8 September he briefly visited the coast before travelling S to a stopover between 14.00 and 16.00 GMT on what appears to be a ‘stream’ then continued S over the coastal town of Nouakchott to finally roost inland at 20.00 GMT. A modest distance of only 80 km on this day.
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She has again been recorded mostly on the Rio Guadalquivir and Rivera De Huelva site for the last three days. On 6 September at 11.00 GMT she was travelling W 10 km from the Rio site and near the town of Torre de la Reinn. At 09.00 GMT on 7 September she was 8 km NE of the Rio site SE of the town of San José de la Rinconada and travelling leisurely S over an area which has a number of manmade stretches of water.
The next data upload will be on Thursday.
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