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Osprey Tracking Update – 16th February 2016

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FR3’s behaviour pattern over the past fortnight has been largely consistent with that of the last couple of months, with one exception.

Yesterday afternoon between 12 and 1pm our young osprey headed north for approximately 6km (4 miles), perhaps following the bolong (creek) that flows northwards from Bulok towards the Gambia River. However, the adventure was short lived as by 2pm FR3 was back on home territory. This was by far an away FR3’s longest foray since December. Are we likely to see any more over the coming weeks?… only time will tell.

FR3's activity between 4th & 15th February 2016 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR3’s activity between 4th & 15th February 2016 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR3 roost sites are all relatively close to the bolong (why travel further than you need to fish?) and in locations which appear to have good tree cover, no doubt providing shade during the heat of the day and protection against potential ground predators.

FR3's core activity area

FR3’s core activity area and roost sites ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

There is still no news from Senegal of FR4 but we’ll keep you posted if that situation changes.

Jonathan

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