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Nimrod takes off

Nimrod is go!

Nimrod, the latest addition to our Osprey family, is the first male Osprey that Roy Dennis has tagged so it's going to be a great honour to follow his southward migration in such unprecedented detail. Let's hope he finds Logie and her chick Glen safe and sound somewhere in Africa.

Nimrod the Osprey by Roy Dennis

Introducing... Nimrod

Roy Dennis introduces the latest member of our Osprey family - Nimrod.

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Extract from Roy's blog:

I've just got back home after being south to the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol to take part in the live 'World on the Move' programme yesterday, with Brett Westwood and Phillipa Forrester. Unbeknown to us, at that very moment of the start of the programme Nimrod had arrived on the South Wales coast at Carmarthen Bay.

Now I've had a chance to get up on last few days data, and find that Nimrod started his true migration on Monday 22nd September at midday and by nightfall he had arrived in Anglesey - a fast migration with cold weather coming in from the north and clearing skies. Yesterday, he flew on down through Wales and set up a roost site in Pembrey Forest, and fished in the estuary at Carmarthen bay.

Nimrod showed the great ability of experienced adult Ospreys to know where they want to go. He was away soon after dawn, without fishing, and by 7am was 23 miles SE, after crossing the Gower Peninsula he was out over the sea heading for North Devon, flying SSE at 52km/h at 650 feet above the waves. He came ashore near Combe Martin, just east of Ilfracombe, and headed down over the Devon farmlands flying SE at 52 kms/h and passed over Exeter, to fish in the upper Exe estuary opposite Exton at 10am. An hour later he was over Dawlish Warren and was flying south along the south Devon coast.

At midday, Nimrod was 8 kilometres to the east of Start Point, heading SE out over the English Channel at 72km/h picking up tail winds. Two hours later he was flying at 63kms/h SSE at 600 feet above the sea. He came ashore on the Brittany coast at Perros Guirec, and kept flying SSE to reach his overnight stop near Bourron. At 6pm he was fishing along the river Blavet, and an hour later was up on a wooded hillside probably eating a fish and then moved lower near the river to roost overnight. His day's flight was 278 miles.

Nimrod showed the way to fly from South Wales confidently to Devon, visited a good place to fish at midday, and then safely crossed a wide part of the Channel to France. Tomorrow's forecast in France is early morning fog clearing to bright sunny day with light north winds.

Further Reading:

Next report: Nimrod in Africa
Last report: RIP Moray the Osprey
Follow Nimrod's journey at Roy Dennis' blog

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