Photoreportage by Michele Pero, professional photographer and photojournalist. Photojournalism, advertisement photography, commercial photography, wedding photojournalism, Florence, Italy. Photographs and features from Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Umbria earthquake, fakir dervishes, the nomadic of the wind and more. Michele Pero is teacher of photography at TheDarkroom, photography courses and multimedia school of Florence.

The nomadic of the wind

They leave from Africa in Springtime, heading North, towards the warm European countries. They fly for thousands of kilometers, over the African forests, over the Sahara desert, over the Mediterranean sea. An incredible journey, mysterious and fascinating.
Why birds migrate? A huge question for the scientists professor Wolfgang Goymann of the Max Planck Institute of Seewiesen, Germany, and professor Leonida Fusani of the University of Ferrara, Italy, and involved in the projects of study in Ponza and Ventotene. Here, the Small Islands project, started by Fernando Spina, and the Animal Migration project, financed by the European countries, carries out bird ringing and monitors the passage of migrators over the Mediterranean sea.
Huge nets are located on top of the islands to capture birds as they land for a rest. Volunteers and biologists file all birds captured and put a ring before release them. The twenty-years project is today an important database of study to help understand migrations. Small islands on the Mediterranean sea are life-locations for the migrators which are looking for a rest during their long one-day flight over the sea. Without the islands, a huge amount of little birds could die before to arrive to the coasts of the continent.
The two biologists, Fusani and Goymann, are carrying out their study called "To stay or to go" project, with which they are trying answer the question why a bird decides to keep going its migration, leaving again the location instead of remaining on the island. Such an intense study is essential to understand the migrations and the eco-systems necessary to the migrators to survive.
The results of the study are already revealing important phases of the migrations and they are extremely important to help preserve the areas which are fundamental to the birds and to the migration itself.


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