Crossed the Channel and photographed

After leaving her roost at Breeding Down she flew east and at 10am she was perched on the shore south of Bembridge and then flew west over the sea to Wroxhall at 11am, and then further north between Nerstone and Newchuch at midday before turning SSE and flying across the English Channel to make landfall near Caen 3 hours later. Later she flew another 66 miles through France to roost just SW of Gorron.
On 3rd September, I received one of those wonderful emails out of the blue – this time from James Gloyn ( the BTO Isle of Wight Regional Rep)  – he wrote on 3rd September – “”Hi Roy,   (The last time I met you was on Fair Isle when the first Sea Eagle chicks arrived by Islander aircraft in 1968!)  A satellite tagged Osprey flew in from the sea and westwards along the edge of Nansen Hill, Ventnor on the Isle of Wight SZ580785 at 10:50 today.
Any idea where this bird came from?
Regards   James””
I wrote back saying I think I knew which bird this might be and when the data came in later for Aigan – sure enough it was Aigan – we do not often get our sat tagged birds recognised and photographed on route. Many thanks James. The times coincide perfectly which shows that Aigan made a fall start out over the sea after 10am before making a successful departure after 11am.

Aigan coming in off the sea at Ventnor, Isle of Wight (Photo James Gloyn)


Isle of Wight to Caen – 3rd September