2019 Migration Project

In connection with several scientific partners, we carried out a photographic report on the marking of migratory birds in Europe.

Our objective

Promote research for knowledge and conservation of migratory birds in Europe

Our guiding principle

Accompany the birds as they migrate from wintering areas on Atlantic coast to the northern breeding regions in Lapland

Latest news


We will be exhibiting at the Festival of Camargue from 7 to 12 May!

February 01, 2020

Our exhibition has been selected by the Festival of Camargue Committee! We will therefore have a stand from 7 to 12 May on this occasion.


We will give you more details and all the practical information to visit us!

The image "Sanderlings and the sea" selected for a public prize!

January 25, 2020

The image entitled "The sanderlings and the sea", created by Pierre-Lou on the island of Texel, was pre-selected for the public prize in the Friends of the Tour du Valat association's competition!


It is the public's "likes" that will decide the 15 images selected by the jury!

Our visit to the Louis Pasteur primary school in Rueil-Malmaison

January 16, 2020

On Friday, January 17, we spent the day at the Louis Pasteur primary school in Rueil-Malmaison.


We visited two classes of 6 to 7 years-old pupils to carry out different activities around the themes of birds and travel.

In the morning, two times of exchanges were planned to discover the birds and the particularities of certain species, discuss the trip and photography. In the afternoon, we participated with the schoolchildren in different educational workshops to put into practice the discoveries of the morning. 


And it was a very enriching experience for us too!

So a big thank you to the students and the teaching team for their welcome and their great motivation throughout the day!

Find out our annual report for the year 2019!

January 01, 2020

Through this document, we return to our year 2019 and the results of our project on the ringing of migratory birds!


It is also an opportunity for us to thank all those who made this great adventure possible!

Our feedback to the AgroParisTech community

December 05, 2019

Through several exhibitions and conferences on the AgroParisTech sites of Maine and Claude Bernard, we presented our work and impressions on the trip.


These events were an opportunity to exchange with researchers, students and staff of our school and to promote our work, but also and above all that of the ringers we met over the past few months across Europe!

Two images selected for an exhibition at the Festi'versité of the Salon de l'Ecologie de Montpellier!

October 29, 2019

Two images made this summer in Lapland by Pierre-Lou have been selected by the jury of the Festi'versité of the Salon de l'Ecologie for an exhibition in Montpellier!

You can admire this White-tailed Eagle and this long-tailed Jaeger in large format at the Parc zoologique du Lunaret until December 2nd!

Inauguration of our exhibition at the Montier Photo Festival from November 14 to 17!

October 01, 2019

We will present our exhibition "Birds and Men: Banding and Migration" for the first time at the international festival of wildlife and nature photography in Montier-en-Der from November 14 to 17!

It is the meeting place for enthusiasts and professionals in the world of wildlife and nature photography.

The Montier Photo Festival is a partner of our project and provides us with valuable support for the realization of the exhibition. A big thank you to them and see you soon for the 23rd edition of the festival!

New album : Far-off Varanger Peninsula

September 15, 2019

The last stage of Pierre-Lou's journey, the Varanger peninsula extends beyond the 70th parallel north, at the northern end of continental Europe. It is an exceptional destination for birdwatching. Pierre-Lou visited these areas during the month of July 2019 and found out many northern species, most of them nesting.


The Hornøya colony is one of the most spectacular sites in the region. It is home to about 100,000 individuals each year and up to 11 species of seabirds. An incessant ballet flies over the cliffs of this small uninhabited island in a deafening din, offering unforgettable images, a moving encounter that sounded like the completion of a long captivating journey.

New album : a summer in Eastern Lapland

August 27, 2019

Find out the northern landscapes and species encountered by Pierre-Lou during various excursions in Eastern Finnish Lapland between the months of June and July.

Back at home !

August 11, 2019

After 7 months across Europe and memorable encounters with birds and humans, from the south of France to the far north of Finnish and Norwegian Lapland, the journey ends.

After a long and tiring return trip, AVES Photographie takes a short break, a little rest.

We make an appointment at the beginning of the school year for the latest images of the trip but also for upcoming exhibitions!
It is also with great pleasure that we announce that we will exhibit at the 23ème Festival international de la photo animalière et de Nature de Montier-en-Der from November 14th to 17th!

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About the team

A complementary and determined duo

AVES is the brainchild of Pierre-Lou Chapot, a French engineering student at AgroParisTech. For years, he has been passionate about bird watching and wildlife photography. 

Originally from the small village of Beurey-sur-Saulx, Lorraine, he was able to huel his passion at the heart of remarkable spots of the region, such as the Lac du Der or the Lindre ponds.​

His solo trip to Northern Finnish Lapland in 2017 will have confirmed his attraction to the open spaces. After spending 5 months in Argentina in 2018, he will soon accompany migratory birds across Europe.

Pierre Blanchot joined the AVES team for the realization of our photographic project on the ringing of migratory birds in Europe.


Originally from Rueil-Malmaison, Parisian region, this engineering student at AgroParisTech is full of energy in everything he undertakes.

Fervent rugby player, he is passionate about collective adventures and rich of many experiences in associative life.


Pierre wishes to participate in the development of AVES and our project for the promotion of research on migratory birds.


Partners of the project


Financial and material partners

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Our crowdfunders

Abel Masson - Alain Kronenberg - Alain Monchamp - Alice Le Trouher - André Dieudonne - André Marre - Anne Baranger - Anne Marie Cler - Anne Richaud - Antoine Chapot - Apolline Vert - Arlette Chapot - Arthur Lefebure - Arthur Loubat - Aude Aubriet - Aurélie Delanoue - Benoit Charon - Benoit Kronenberg - Bertrand Delerry - Betty Debourg - Carole Troisi - Catherine Cazals - Cécile Huchard - Cécile Villenave - Chantal  Manet - Charlotte Durand - Charlotte Francesiaz - Christian Guyomard - Christine Julienne - Claude André - Cléa Lefebvre - Clément Couloigner - Danielle Grossier - Didier B - Elisabeth Hougleur - Elisabeth Michel - Elise Perniceni - Elodie Fesquet - Elsa Seibert - Emile Kronenberg - Erick Curinier - Evilys Mrtl-zns - Florence Deram - Florie Chapot - Francine Jacob - Françoise Balestrieri - Françoise Chapron - Frédéric Ronteix - Gabriel Bouscavert - Gauthier Urano - Genevieve Teil - Ghislaine Landot-Paty - Hannah Dutournier - Harold Robert - Henri-Georges & Praline Wendling - Hugo Delerry - Jacqueline André - Jean-Loup Pecqueux - Jean-Pierre Bouchaudon - Jean-Yves Conchon - Joëlle André-Vert - Julie Dulat - Julie Roux - Julien Lacroix - Juliette Raoul-Fortésa - Laurence et Alain André - Léa Sauvaget - Liam Laurent - Lorraine et Margot  Chapot - Lucas Ben Moura - Lucas Delerry - Madeleine Gdt - Mahé Adrian - Manu Guiraud - Marc Authier - Marc Lestrat - Marc Roussin - Margaux Troisi - Marie Haton - Marie Parmentier - Marieke Mtnt - Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart - Martin Liberati - Max Troisbandes - Michel Lacroix - Michèle Gros - Morgane Turlan - Myriam Hache - Nadia Janati - Nathalie  Legendre - Nicolas Ivanovsky - Odette Conchon - Olivier Girard - Olivier Haillant - Ombeline Malbrunot - Pascal et Nathalie Chapot - Pascal Hache - Pascal Remond - Pascale Laurent - Patrick Marquis - Rafik Halli - Raphaëlle Vert - Scherazade Tiour - Stéphane Bert - Sylvie Blanchot - Thomas Blanchot - Thomas Domalain - Thomas Marguier - Tristan Bonnec - Valentin Cocco - Valérie André - Victor Mignon - Victor Van der Meersch - Vincent Blanchot - Vincent Chapot - Yacine Kabech - Yohan Richaud

A huge thank you goes to all of those who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign!

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