As you may remember if you have been following the story, wildlife film-maker Lahoucine Faouzi offered to travel to the south of Morocco to film the area on the edge of the Sahara where 09(98) died during his autumn migration. Thanks to the efforts of Farid Lacroix, we already know that 09 was almost certainly predated by an Eagle Owl as he prepared to cross the Sahara, but Lahoucine’s footage sheds further light on what a remote, inhospitable place 09 had reached. If conditions were poor when he arrived in the area on 11th September, he would have known not to fly any further. Ironically though, it was probably this decision that led to his demise – we think he was predated by an Eagle Owl as he roosted on a high ridge that night.
We are very grateful to Lahoucine for travelling to the area and sending us the film. It’s amazing to think that the vast majority of the Ospreys from the UK will have flown over terrain like this over the past few weeks. The high ridge that is visible in the distance after 2 mins 15 secs is one of the geographical features that our satellite tracking studies have shown Ospreys follow as they fly south across the Sahara. It’s really great to have some footage of this. Very many thanks to Lahoucine and his colleagues for their help.