Our second satellite tracked young Osprey Blue YD has made it safely across the Bay of Biscay and was in southern Spain as of 10am this morning. Despite taking a risky route, with a long sea crossing, the young bird was lucky with the winds and is doing really well. He roosted after his big crossing on the north Spanish coast in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains.
The next morning, he cleverly turned due west to get around this huge range , before resuming a south westerly course. Below is a picture of these amazing mountains.
He then followed a huge river/ reservoir system into the Caceres province and spent last night roosted on the Valdeobispo reservoir above the River Alagon dam.
It will be really interesting when we get the next batch of data from Blue44 tomorrow, to see if the two birds courses will converge over the Iberian peninsular or not.
To have both our satellite tagged youngsters doing so well so far this wonderful- we must remember that many young ospreys never get this far at all- but that there are still many dangers and adventures potentially still ahead of our birds, so fingers crossed for them both.