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Mark Billiau.

Premium (World), region Antwerp, Belgium


Botrange is the highest point of Belgium (694m) and comprises both swamps and forests.
While I was walking there, I spotted a striking bird of prey who was hunting above the snow covered environment now and then.

Normally I don’t like hunting cabins like the one in the picture, because they are used by hunters to kill innocent animals for pleasure.
But when the hut is free, also a photographer can use it, like I did, with the intention of shooting the conscious bird of prey.
I spent about an hour there inside until I was nearly totally frozen by sitting motionless at -17° (it's like sitting in a deep freezer)

But the result was great. I could shoot the beautiful and fairly rare bird out of the hut very well while he was taking a rest.
If you want to know what bird of prey it was, watch this space tomorrow.......

Comments 32

  • Bernhard Kuhlmann 20/02/2012 11:08

    Klsse Bildaufteilung !
    Rechts im Bild der Hochsitz passt genau .
    Tolle Winterstimmung
    Gruß Bernd
  • Silvia Simonato. 19/02/2012 23:12

    Hermoso paisaje con mucha nieve en el camino!!
    Saludos Silvia
  • qRudi 19/02/2012 0:21

    De stilte en rust, daar zo je het voor doen.
  • Perry Blevins 18/02/2012 13:52

    Beautiful cold winter scene with splendid light and sharpness.
  • Lawson McCulloch 18/02/2012 10:42

    Hi Mark, You have made such good use of the Hunter's cabin in the composition of this fine shot.
    For the life of me I can never understand the mentality of people who like to kill innocent creatures purely for the fun of it, but I better say no more or I will get into trouble.
    best wishes from Scotland.
  • Die Mohnblumen 18/02/2012 5:45

    Feiner Bildaufbau, gut mit dem Hochstand als Hingucker. Die freie Fläche, der Weg in der Mitte gibt der Aufnahme eine schöne Bildtiefe. +++
    Wir wünschen Dir und Deiner Familie ein schönes Wochenende.
    Heike & Karl-Heinz
  • BRYAN CRUTE 17/02/2012 18:51

    I thought this was a observation lookout :-( so sad I know now its real purpose. How can they call it hunting ? sitting in a high vantage point awaiting their victims !
    Good shot and well exposed whits anyway Mark

  • Irbenika 17/02/2012 17:58

    An interesting picture and story to it! You are the best humane hunter!!!

  • Canan Oner 17/02/2012 12:33

    My Gosh !! -17 ...I am glad you didn't get frozen up there :-))
    Excellent capture Mark...How wonderful the environment is there all dressed in white...
  • Luc Grollie 17/02/2012 9:56

    just wondering how you got back on the ground.....lol !!!!
    great overview of your "huntingspace" !

    ps : so i guess you had no coffee ??
  • viola d 17/02/2012 9:21

    :)) I only saw your pictures today - in the reverse order:) So i already know what bird of prey you managed to shoot!:)) I'm very happy you didn't freeze. Admirable devotion, Mark. And i fully share your opinion ab hunting and hunters. They are here as well, unfortunately.
    Bw, Viola
  • Alfredo Yanez 17/02/2012 8:40

    Fantástico relato, mucho frío con -17º pero valió verdaderamente la pena..Magnifico paisaje nevado!!!
    Felicitaciones Mark!!!
    Saludos y buena luz!*
  • Pascal Viyer 17/02/2012 1:15

    by a cold day, excellent explains too
  • Angelika El. 16/02/2012 21:18

    Oh, Du warst also fast tiefgefroren!!! :-))
    Der schön blaue Himmel, SChnee und Wald - einfach ein herrlicher Wintermotiv!


  • Adele D. Oliver 16/02/2012 21:12

    A beautiful image - a great spot for this high lookout slightly concealed by the trees. Your long wait was rewarded - great - looking forward to tomorrow's image of the bird of prey !!!
    greetings, Adele