As we suspected, AW continued south through Senegal yesterday; skirting the eastern border of Gambia, and eventually roosting next to the River Corubal close to the Guinea-Bissau-Guinea border.
Having roosted in central Senegal AW set off again just before 9am and flew 150 kilometres south-west towards Tambacounda, the largest city in eastern Senegal. He skirted around the city at 2pm and turned slightly south-east, passing over the very eastern tip of Gambia. He continued on this course until 6pm when he turned south west as he crossed the border from Senegal into Guinea-Bissau. He continued for another 68km before stopping beside the River Corubal as dusk was falling at around 7:30pm after a day’s flight of just over 350km.
The River Corubal is 150 metres wide and bordered by mangroves; typical over-wintering habitat for Ospreys in West Africa. On our trip to West Africa last winter myself and the team from Rutland Water saw numerous Ospreys perched in this sort of habitat. The resolution on the Google Earth images for this part of Guinea-Bissau isn’t good, but AW’s position at 9pm suggest that he roosted on an island in the river.
It is not inconceivable that AW has reached his winter home but the fact that he was flying right up until dark suggests thast he may well continue further south tomorrow. If he does then he could be in southern Guinea or perhaps even Sierra Leone by tomorrow evening!