09 recharges his batteries

As you will know if you have been following his migration, 09 has had an arduous journey north and his flight yesterday suggests that he is feeling the effects of the long flight. The latest data shows that at 8am this morning he was 25 miles south-east of La Rochelle in Western France having flown just over 100 miles on Saturday.

When he arrived at Lac de Cazaux on Friday evening, we thought that it looked a good place for him to recover, and that’s exactly what he did the following morning. He remained at the lake until at least 11am – plenty of time to have caught a fish and then eaten it close to the eastern shore of the lake. When he finally set off, he made steady progress NNE for the next six hours, maintaining speeds of around 15-20 mph at altitudes of between 500 and 1000 metres. By 5pm he had reached a river 103 miles north of his overnight roost, and he stayed there for the rest of the evening. Although only about 20 metres wide, 09 would almost certainly have caught a fish in the river before settling down for the evening.

09's roost site beside river, 24th March

09's roost site beside river, 24th March

09 is now under 500 miles from home; a distance he will easily cover in the right conditions. With the weather set fair in northern France for the next few days, there seems every chance that 09 will be back in Rutland by Monday evening. With his mate 5N already back, he could do with speeding up!

09's flight on 24 March

09's flight on 24 March