From the new series, ‘Les voyageurs’ about pigeon racing in France.
Trucks often carrying thousands of pigeons make their way around France and Europe to stop in fields and parking lots to release the birds.
The drivers and assistants wait for first light to pull the long thin cord, opening the doors of their baskets and commencing the pigeon’s long journey hundreds of kilometres back home to their different owners.
With tiny micro chips on their legs, the first pigeons to make it back to their regions win.
The sport of breeding and racing pigeons has existed for centuries and is often passed down from generation to generation.
Some racing pigeons have sold for up to as much as 1 million euros in recent years.
Photo: Francis, who had been driving pigeon racing trucks for over 8 years releases birds at a parking lot in Chateaudun, 130 kilometres south of Paris. The pigeons are from the Groupement de Béthune on the French/Belgian border.
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