Looks like Simon King is going to be talking about/following Ospreys in Africa for the BBC Autumnwatch show on Friday 6th November. He has posted comments on his Twitter page about it.
Thanks Debbie. I did comment on this on the chat page
Link to Simons tweets:
Unfortunately I've not had the chance to keep up with the chat page recently.
Cool, when is that on???? Saw him when we were on holiday in Shetland, just after seeing lots of puffins and the Shetland Wren. Would be great to see the Ospreys in Africa. Sounds like a great idea for a Christmas holiday one year!!!!
Simon was in Senegal yesterday (2nd, on Twitter).....the BBC Autumnwatch site has a synopsis of Friday's Autumnwatch which says he will be in Scotland reporting on salmon? Presumably he is on his way back? The osprey search was maybe for another programme? BBC details are:-
Friday, 20:30 on BBC Two (except Northern Ireland (Analogue), Wales (Analogue))
and Kate are in the Lake District to witness a British wood at its
seasonal best - a colourful and spectacular sight. The trees are host
to red squirrels, jays and tawny owls - all very busy at this time of
Simon King is in Scotland to follow the fortunes of wild salmon - in
autumn they face the daunting task of swimming many miles upriver to
Gordon Buchanan is on the trail of another viewer's story, and
Martin Hughes-Games demonstrates how to get more involved with the
wildlife and the series.
Maybe the salmon story is not 'live' ....like, already in the can...LOL ;-) Is this fish live? No it's a recording!
According to Radio Times online, Simon King's film on ospreys in Senegal is to be shown on Autumnwatch on Fri 13th Nov:
Synopsis for Friday 13 November 8:30pm - 9:30pm BBC2
Chris Packham and Kate Humble are in Pembrokeshire, south Wales, to find out how our marine wildlife is faring this autumn. Seasonal storms stir up a rich mix in our seas and it's at the coast where you can witness the results, whether it's by looking in a rock pool or simply combing the beach. Simon King's in Senegal, west Africa, on the trail of arguably Britain's most spectacular summer visitor - the osprey.
Thanks, all of you Above: Saw you had mentioned this on the main Osprey blog- thanks for the info, will be sure not to miss any of the episodes, you never know, we might, just might, catch a sight of one of 'our' girls, how wonderful would that be! It's great that people like Simon King are keeping ospreys in general in the public eye, so that even folk who do not usually bother with our native/migratory birds are in the picture about the amazing journeys they take, and their fascinating lives.
This interview with Chris Packham is interesting too.
As we now have the synopses for programmes 6 and 7 (see above), this seems to contain hints about the possible content of Programme 8:
It's to Cairn Gorm he'll return with Autumnwatch for four days of filming, to be edited and broadcast in the same week.
It's not clear when this will be screened though - Fri 20th Nov is Children in Need night, so it may be put back to the 27th.
Sue C, thanks , you have certainly done a lot of research for us.
I have just sent this email to the 'admin' at Faune-Aquitaine. I think they helped us follow the ospreys in France with added interest, thanks to their enthusiasm and the wonderful photographs taken by Xalbai.
Autumnwatch BBC2 Friday 13th November 2009.
After the excitement we all had with
the visits of Mallachie and Rothes, the Scottish Ospreys (Balbuzard Pecheur)
from Loch Garten to your Region recently, I thought your members would like to
know that the BBC will be showing a programme on BBC2 next Friday,
13th November at 8.30PM UK time (9.30PM for you), which will contain
a report about ospreys. We have been told that Simon King, a wildlife expert,
reporter and film-maker has been to West Africa and has this week been
successful in finding a large number of ospreys in West Africa, probably in
Senegal, since that is where I think he flew to from the UK. His report is due
to be shown on this programme. BBC2 is available in France
via the Astra 2 satellite, the details are as
Astra 2D Satellite
The latest data on Google shows that
Mallachie and Rothes are in Gambia and Guinea Bisseau
respectively, but this information is due to be updated early next week. So I do
not think they will be on the programme.
FA have replied to the above and are sending the information out to their members.
Thanks for that jsb good job well done.
Another email, this time to the BBC. BBC Prime is a subscription TV channel, which in France is available with a 'Freebox' from free.fr (an ISP), via the Canalsatellite system and possibly other similar offerings. It works by connecting the TV to the ISP via the Freebox. So when you click your remote, in a split second, the system finds the programme, either at the local telephone exchange or if it cannot get it there, it uses the main server, probably in Paris
I am in the UK and have been
blogging on the RSPB osprey blog about Autumnwatch. There is a following in
France of the Loch Garten
ospreys and some of the followers may be able to see next Friday’s Autumnwatch
with Simon reporting from West Africa on
Ospreys in their winter quarters. It seems that BBC Prime is not showing
Autumnwatch at the moment. Are you intending to screen it? I recognise that it
is aimed at a domestic audience, but the internet is changing our habits as you
will know. As far as I can see the only option for our French friends is Astra2,
free to air, unless you advise otherwise? Any comments will be welcome, with
BBC report including photos of the team, on the making of the osprey item on Autumnwatch Episode 7,
The fishing village that Simon visited to see the villagers interacting with the Ospreys, sounded like Bedante or Vedante....the nearest place that sounds a bit like that is Bijante, Ilha de Orango.