Olli weather had time to move from Lapland to Africa and back nine times before it ended up in the news in Serbia.
The flight departed on Sunday, September 13, at 11:17 a.m. from Tornio. Then between Finland and Sweden only in preparation for the opening up of borders after half a year barrier, but ospreys travel restrictions are of course concerned. It took off on its wings and embarked on a journey that was probably aimed at sub-Saharan Africa.
The trip was the bird’s tenth. This is known as a bird aviator from Tornio Matti Suopajärvi had ringed the bird in its first summer at Lake Kätkäjärvi in Tervola. Every spring – this is what Suopajärvi thinks – the bird had returned from Africa to nest in its native area north of Tornio, and left again in September.
In July of this year, Suopajärvi and an ornithological friend Olli-Pekka Karlin installed a solar panel satellite transmitter on the bird’s back. At the same time, they named the osprey Olli.
Its movements began to be tracked on the ornithologists ’website.
Olli flew south to the ospreys typically southeast route. After leaving Tornio, it stopped at Mustalammi, southwest of Lake Pudasjärvi, probably to fish for the traveling fin. The journey continued through the southern shores of Sotkamo and Vuoksi to the Russian side.
Six days after the start of the move, Olli was already 1,000 miles from his home nest. The journey had varied at a rate of 20 to 50 kilometers per hour, and the altitude was at best more than half a kilometer.
On Tuesday morning, October 13, the signal announced Olli’s location in the small village of Blikhi in eastern Ukraine. Based on the routes of previous satellite scars, it began to seem probable that Olli would orbit the Carpathians from the east. Apparently the Ukrainian fish ponds were edible, as Olli stopped for several days. Perhaps it gathered forces to cross the Mediterranean and North Africa.
In early November, Olli sailed for a couple of days along the Carpathian Mountains across almost all of Romania. It started at 4.49 a.m. at sunrise and stopped at 2:18 p.m. The sun set in Bucharest at that time at 15.05. At its highest, Olli now flew at an altitude of 1585 meters.
Then Olli did something that caught Matti Suopajärvi’s attention in the far north. From the Aegean Sea, Olli curved back towards the north, to Macedonia and from there to Serbia.
The signal stopped.
When The transmitter on Olli’s back had stayed for three days near the village of Boćevica in Serbia, Lake Suopajärvi worried. He knew that in Central Europe birds of prey were threatened by many dangers. Wild hunting is one, the other is the power lines running between the mountains, which the wings of big birds may hit in the glider.
Suopajärvi feared the worst.
He started looking for local birders through Facebook and got in touch in a short time Slobodan to Markovic. Markovic began the search.
Olli was found about ten meters from the place where Lake Suopajärvi had guided from Tornio based on Markovic’s signal. The bird had died, probably from an electric shock from a contact wire running above the railway.
Countless the birds experience Olli’s fate on their journey south. Rarely, however, does the death of a bird become news.
Olli’s departure was an exception.
On Tuesday, November 18, news about the Finnish osprey dog Olli appeared on the website of the Serbian broadcaster PTC. The story told of its journey, which it covered for 59 days, a total of 4,613 kilometers from Finland to Boćevica, Serbia.
It was found that this endangered bird had no chance of surviving against a current of 25,000 volts.
Chairman of a local bird organization Milan Ruzic further recalled that it was the responsibility of humans to protect birds from the fate of Olli. He spoke about a planned program in which the use of new technology will prevent similar sad cases in the future.
Olli’s last trip was teaching.