Through Southern France and over the Pyrenees, skirting around Spain and over the Mediterranean (actually the bit called the Alboran Sea) to Morocco. 30.09.2020.
Across the Atlas Mountains into Algeria and across the Grand Erg Occidental Desert to roost in the mountains.
Then an odd divergence to the East along the mountain range, passing an even odder landscape feature.
A moon landscape with what looks to be an enormous meteor strike. The Tin Bider crater was formed in the last 70 million years, perhaps in the late Cretaceous or early Tertiary Period.Spanning 6 kilometres, the crater sits at the southern end of a range of hills.
‘We have been made aware of a possible ringing recovery involving White 14. We are working closely with the British Trust for Ornithology, and will update when they can confirm or deny these reports.’
Sadly, it is confirmed that No 14 has perished in Mali. We shall probably never find out the full story, but as we know the hazards of migration over such a long distance are many, on both human and natural fronts. The legacy of his terrific and well documented flights has added a further dimension to what we understand about osprey movements across the globe.