Leaves Galicia and crosses over into Africa

After 3 weeks stopping over in Galicia, NW Spain, Rothie has left the area and crossed into Africa. He remained in Galicia until the 27th and at 10:00 set off south. He crossed into Portugal at 14:15, stopped in Coimra at 19:00 and then rested there until 09:00 on the 29th. He then flew out over the Atlantic to the west of the Gibraltar Strait (replicating the route of his first crossing in 2009) at 16:30 and by the early hours on the 30th had made landfall in Morocco. Last transmission at 10:00 this morning he had continued flying and is now heading south through Morocco.

Spain to Morocco Sept 27th-30th

Finally leaves the UK

Fearna has finally left the UK! She left the Barnstaple area sometime in the morning on the 29th and headed out over the English Channel and by 18:00 was settled to the east of Briec in France. She’s got some catching up to do!

Crossing the English Channel sept 29th

Exploring the Cape Verdes

Stan has remained on the Cape Verdes but has started to move about and explore a little. On the 24th he left Sao Nicolau and flew to Sao Vicente. He stayed there for 7 hours and then flew through the night on to Santo Antao, where he has remained, moving up and down the SW coast. This is a mountainous island and the location at the south end near Tarrifal is a place I have visited and remember finding an opsrey nest high in a mountain gorge sveral thousnad feet above the sea. A most incredible nests.- can’t wait for the next set of transmissions to see if he remains here or heads off to mainland Africa.

sept 19-26

What would be very interesting would be if Stan decides that over ocean migrations are not for him and that he decides to settle in the Cape Verde .  He could be a very usfelu genetic addition to this small population of ospreys

Stan has reached the Cape Verdes islands !!!!

Wow what an osprey –  Amazingly Stan has managed to fly over 1560 km (967 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean to make safe landfall on the Cape Verdes.  Last evening, while I was on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, Stan was flapping the last stretch over the ocean to an island called Sao Nicolau (I’ve flown over it a couple of times on my way to Sao Vicente  while studying the CV ospreys). He was resting close to the sea at a headland at 2000 – (2200GMT), and non GPS data for 0208GMT and 0406GMT this morning showed that he was alive.  The Cape Verdes have a small population of breeding ospreys which I think could comprise some lost exhausted birds from Europe. It’s got good fishing so as long as he recovers from his flight he should catch fish. I wonder if he will stay there or fly back to Senegal – he might even stay and join the local breeders. I always wanted to satellite track ospreys on the Cape Verdes and now we have one.  One previous Scottish osprey has been found in CV – a bird ringed by Roger Broad found dead on Fogo.  Stan is an amazing osprey.

Flight to Cape Verdes

Northern Cape Verdes

Point on Sao Nicolau





Stan is a male osprey that was fitted with a satellite transmitter as a chick in 2012.  To view further details about his movements and history click on his link on the left


Remains in Perthshire

Rothiemurchus has ranged widely in Perthshire (470 square km), still centred on the upper Tay near Grandtully.  He visited Loch of the Lowes on 19th July and continued south to the River Tay before returning north.

Busy catching fish for his brood

Red 8T has been a regular visitor to Rothiemurchus fishery catching fish for his two young which have just started to fly. Earlier in the week I saw him and his mate perched on the top of the next door tree to the nest tree, where one chick was on the eyrie and the otherwas perched on a lower branch.

At home

Morven has reared one young which has just started to fly. We have satellite tagged the chick – thanks to a very kind sponsorship by one of our local osprey friends, who paid for the GPS transmitter and a year’s download costs.  More news later.

At home

Beatrice has fledged two young and she has spent the whole of last ten days around the nest site with her chicks. Excellent result in this summer of nearly perpetual rain and cold.

At home

Beatrice has been close to home for last two weeks, her two chicks are getting bg and may be flying within a week