No 14 Sahara Crossing

Update from Pete Davies:
Evening of 27th March – He is in Algeria heading for the Med in amongst the sand dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental
[ Wikipedia says: The Grand Erg Oriental is a large erg or “field of sand dunes” in the Sahara Desert. Situated for the most part in Saharan lowlands of northeast Algeria, the Grand Erg Oriental covers an area some 600 km wide by 200 km north to south. The erg’s northeastern edge spills over into neighbouring Tunisia.]
 
The first map shows his route from Bioko
The second is a close up of his position and shows how closely he is following his previous return routes when he crosses the Med via Sardinia and Corsica [the grey & orange lines]
Last Autumn – green pins – He flew down to Bioko crossing the Med further to the west via the Sierra Nevada and the Atlas mountains

Preparations

Preparation time

at the Lake District’s highest Brexit protest site?

or mass producing art forgeries for the Tate modern?

or practising before sawing the lady in half?

or (a wild card here) setting up ready for the start of the osprey project on April 1st?

or perhaps you have a better explanation!

2019 Spring and Ospreys start Migration

After a winter of luxury and, hopefully, his fill of energy giving fish Number 14, our satellite tagged bird, has set off from his perch on the island of Bioko. Hatched in 2013, in the nest at the South end of Bassenthwaite Lake this male chick (parents Unring and KL) has kept us spellbound with his terrific journeys across the African and European continents. Here we can see he has flown 500 miles North from the island into Nigeria and is poised to cross the Sahara Desert

On the way he would have had a bird’s eye view of the monolithic Zuma Rock, just west of Abuja, the capital city. This is an igneous intrusion, 725m  high and about 3km circumference, rising out of a green river of trees, high and bald as a hippo’s back.

It looks as if it should be associated with eagles but its old name, Zumwa, means ‘the place of catching  guinea fowls’.

Zuma Rock Nigeria photo Jeff Attaway Wikipedia