Tonn the GSE arrives in Spain (1 Viewer)

Torchepot

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The celebrated Spotted Eagle Tonn arrived at his wintering grounds El Hondo in Spain on 17th December 2017 for the tenth year having travelled nearly 4800kms from Estonia.

http://birdmap.5dvision.ee/en

http://www.finesystem.co.uk/birdwatchingcostablanca/sightings.html

But he's more than three and a half months later than his earliest arrival date. The rigours of raising a family taking it's toll - or some other factors?



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A photo from his journey through France (25th Nov 2017)

and another from El Hondo (17th Dec 2017)

Is he missing primaries? Could this explain his late arrival?
Does anyone know when GSE typically moult?
 

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Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
I have only just got around today to checking Tonn’s progress this autumn (vainly hoping he might pass through our local watchpoint soon....). What do I find looking at the site Torchepot mentions? Tonn has just arrived back in his Spanish winter quarters this past couple of days!
 
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dantheman

Bah humbug
Interesting ... one of the better additions to the garden list in the parents place in SW France a few years back was a Greater Spotted Eagle one autumn. Will see if I can dig the date out and see if it tallies at all ...

Out of interest, presumably not many records of older birds (from eg ringing recoveries) of this species in the wild?
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Not arrived in Spain yet for the winter, but Tonn is still going strong. Currently loafing around a forest near the Burgundy vineyards (and who can blame him?) on his leisurely journey south, see : http://birdmap.5dvision.ee/
So he’s missed my part of France again but maybe Rosbifs will be in with a chance down in the Pyrenees....
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
How accurate is the data? A couple of them did quite extensive sea crossings, at least one of which was totally optional/avoidable (Vija)
 

Hotspur

James Spencer
I look forward to seeing Tonn again at El Hondo next winter as this one is a write off. Love watching him come in to roost over the lagoons at dusk. Our planned trip would have been too early this year although I saw him in December a couple of years ago. He was in his second winter I think when I made my first trip to the area in 2009. Whats the longevity record on GSE? Presumably they go to 20-25?
 

rosbifs

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France
Not arrived in Spain yet for the winter, but Tonn is still going strong. Currently loafing around a forest near the Burgundy vineyards (and who can blame him?) on his leisurely journey south, see : http://birdmap.5dvision.ee/
So he’s missed my part of France again but maybe Rosbifs will be in with a chance down in the Pyrenees....

Looks like he's on his way. Will keep eyes to the skies. Would love to see him!
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
He’s back in Spain now after a bit of dawdling in Burgundy, he passed directly over Clermont Ferrand earlier in the week and dawdled a bit more before speeding down past Carcassonne and crossing the border about 80kms inland yesterday to end up about 80kms NW of Barcelona.
 

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