It is a sad day when we have to report the loss of an osprey. Unfortunately that is what we have to do today. Like no doubt many other creatures Number 15 simply did not survive the crossing of the Sahara Desert, one of the harshest climates on our planet. Since the Atlas Mountains and probably the last sight of water and fish she had travelled over a thousand miles with at least six desert roosting sites. Her journey came to an end about mid-day on the 4th October in the desert of Northern Mali; her final position was Latitude (N) 18.17550, Longitude (E) -4.61150. The map below is approximately a square of one hundred miles and gives some indication of the remoteness of that region.
Maybe we should not be too surprised that we lose ospreys and indeed other birds to the Sahara Desert but should be surprised that any survive the journey at all.
Number 14 is doing well and will be the subject of the next report.