On summer holiday, while walking through a mountain range in the Swiss Alps, Louis and his family encountered a herd of ibex. To Louis’ delight, one of the kids began to play, all stubby horns, pompom tail and high spirits, giving him the perfect chance to capture the joyful moment.
After being driven nearly to extinction, the ibex was reintroduced to Europe and now resides in rocky areas above the tree line. These agile climbers can evade predators, such as bears, that aren’t able to reach the steeper mountain heights. As night falls they descend to the alpine forest to graze, returning to the cliffs in the morning.
Canon EOS 7D; 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 120mm; 1/5000 sec at f7.1 (−1 e/v); ISO 400.
Niederhorn, Beatenberg, Switzerland
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Louis Pattyn, Belgium
Louis has always been interested in nature and wildlife. He thinks just about anything can be beautiful, from the tiniest insects to the biggest mammals. His whole family is interested in wildlife and spends most holidays in wild places. Louis hopes his images can inspire other children to become interested in wildlife.