News from our friend Pentti, Finnish ringer of Goldeneyes!
It is always rewarding to see that the images taken during my trip in 2019 are used to promote the research activities carried out by ornithologists in the field! This article published in the Finnish magazine Metsästäjä gives us news about our friend Pentti Runko, a skilled goldeneye ringer in the heart of Finland. He has now reached the number of 18,000 ducks of this species ringed in 37 years of activity. And he carries out this considerable scientific work on a voluntary basis, dedicating all his annual vacations to this activity in the spring. Pentti was recently awarded by the Hako Ollikainen Foundation for his work in the service of knowledge and preservation of the Common Goldeneye. Congratulations !
The magazine Metsästäjä is the most important guidance and educational tool of the Finnish Wildlife Agency.
See you this weekend at the Spot-Nature festival at the Jardins Suspendus of Le Havre!
From Friday at 10:30 am and until Sunday at 7 pm, you can discover the nature photographs of 120 authors selected by the jury of the festival! And you will notably find my image entitled "Symmetry", representing these 2 arctic dives (Gavia arctica) photographed on Lake Termisjärvi, in the extreme North of Finnish Lapland. Thanks again to Spot-Nature and its organizers for this beautiful festival!
Pierre-Lou's article is the winner of the Young Reporters for the Environment contest !
I am pleased to announce that my report entitled "A Ring for the Union of Birds and Men" is the winner of the French Young Reporters for the Environment contest! In this article, I discuss the problems of bird population management and I look back on the beautiful experiences I encountered during my trip across Europe last year. Feel free to read the article by clicking on the link below!
We will be exhibiting at the Festival of Camargue from 7 to 12 May!
--- Festival cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak ---
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!
Our visit to the Louis Pasteur primary school in Rueil-Malmaison
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
Pierre-Lou shares here this impressive experience that he has lived in Finnish Lapland alongside Jarmo Ahtinen and Olli-Pekka Karlin, two passionate and experienced eagle ringers. After an important tracking work led by Petri Piisilä to locate the nests, Jarmo and Olli-Pekka go to the different sites to capture and mark the non-flying chicks on the nest, perched atop the tall trees. Threatening little chicks that sometimes weigh more than 4 kilos!
Pierre-Lou has reached the extreme north of his journey, beyond the 70th parallel! He is currently traveling the Varanger Peninsula, mythical region in the world of "birders", because of the great diversity of species it hosts.
New album : back to Käsivarsi wilderness
Passing through Finnish Lapland, Pierre-Lou took the opportunity to get lost again in the wilderness of Käsivarsi he had traveled in August 2017. But at the beginning of June, here spring only appears, the surface of many lakes is partially frozen, large and thick patches of snow still strew the vast desert landscapes of the Finnish tundra. Numerous northern species were present throughout these 6 days of walking through the hills of the region. Find it out in image...
Pierre-Lou presents in images the story of a week spent with Pentti Runko in Maaninka, in the center of Finland. This ringing experience is the most personal that Pierre-Lou has encountered so far. A fireman by profession, Pentti has taken all his annual holidays for 35 years to give himself up to what he calls "his hobby": the ringing of Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) during the breeding season. 16342 ducklings, 261 juveniles and 474 adults; these are the numbers of Goldeneyes that he had ringed until May 3, 2019. A considerable work at the service of the knowledge of this species with which he has forged a strong link. But much more than numbers, these results are the fruit of flawless passion and perseverance, and a considerable knowledge developed over all these years.
Many thanks to Pentti for giving me these captivating moments and for his warm welcome!
One of our images has been published in a science magazine!
In addition to our regular online publications, our goal is also to support the world of research by providing scientists with the images we have produced alongside them during our project. They will be able to use these images to communicate on their work via different media, as for this article published on the website of the American Society of Naturalists.
At the beginning of May, we met on the island of Ruissalo the team of Bin-Yan Hsu and Suvi Ruuskanen, researchers at the University of Turku. Pierre-Lou participated with them in monitoring nest boxes of Great tit (Parus major) as part of their studies on the breeding of this species.
From May 09 to May 12, Pierre-Lou accompanied for several days Lennart Saari on the island of Aasla. This island located in the Archipelago of Turku welcomes in spring many species in migration or breeding. And no better than Lennart Saari knows this island because it carries out species monitoring for more than 40 years. He has identified just 100 species in 4 days, and for the majority it is by ear that he was able to recognize them! Here are some images encountered during these days at his side. A big thank you for his welcome!
Bad news, Pierre-Lou had to shorten his stay in the Lofoten Islands...
The good news is that the reason for this program change is a last-minute appointment. Pierre-Lou joined Jarmo Ahtinen and Olli-Pekka Karlin in northern Finland to take part in ringing of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)! An impressive experience in perspective, the images will arrive soon!
New album : the authentic Jurmo Bird Observatory
During some days in May, Pierre-Lou accompanied Kim Kuntze, one of the volunteer managers and ringers of the Jurmo Bird Observatory. Despite cool weather conditions that did not favor the migratory passage, Pierre-Lou spent interesting days in a peaceful atmosphere alongside Kim and Meri, his faithful assistant! Furthermore Pierre-Lou discovered a very different but no less effective operation for passerines ringing, compared to the Swedish station Ottenby, met a few days earlier.