The Sahara in video

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.


5 responses to “The Sahara in video”

  1. Sherran

    Interesting to see the terain where 09 was flying over and sadly lost his life. We were at Rutlad Water on Saturday and felt sad that we would never see him there again.

  2. Val Gall

    Lovely video Tim.
    So sorry for fate of 09.

  3. Pam Birley.

    Very moving footage – holding back the tears !

  4. Emyr

    Stunning video Tim

  5. Monica & Tony

    This video really shows the desolate areas our Ospreys have to travel through and sometimes rest in. It is no wonder that some of these birds are lost on there migrations.
    Our sincere thanks to both Farid and Lahoucine for making the difficult journey to such a remote place and letting us know that 09 died thankfully not at the hands of man. It has been a very difficult year and we do hope that we see his offspring return. Our thanks also go to the project for all the care they have for these birds.