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FR3 in Morocco; FR4 exploring the Gambia!

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The latest satellite data which we downloaded this afternoon shows that FR3 has made considerable progress over the last week and is now in Morocco!

FR3's movements to 24th September 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR3’s movements to 24th September 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

Having left the fishing ponds near Saint-Paul-Lizonne on the 20th, home for the past three weeks, FR3 headed SW and had reached the France-Spain border by that evening. Crossing the border the following morning, our young osprey continued to travel SW towards Madrid, tracking a similar course to that of sibling FR4.

A comparison of FR3 & FR4's routes through northern Spain

A comparison of FR3 & FR4’s routes through northern Spain

On the 22nd FR3 deviated to the south before reorienting to the SW again the following day, passing over the northwestern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, reaching altitudes in excess of 1700m above sea level. On the 24th, having roosted to the north of Malaga, FR4 travelled along the coast towards Gibraltar and had crossed over into Morocco by mid-afternoon.

Meanwhile, FR4 has been exploring a small section along a bend on the Gambia river.

FR4's latest movements to 24th September 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR4’s latest movements to 24th September 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

The tracking page will be updated early next week to show the latest data.

Jonathan

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