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Belgian photographer David Pattyn lives in the Netherlands and is passionate about wildlife photography. He likes to photograph particular subjects over a long period of time, getting to know his subjects intimately in order to get better results. He focuses mainly on birds, mammals and landscapes but has a particular attraction to water birds.


David tries to combine his passion for photography with his family and his profession as an anaesthesiologist and likes to travel with his wife and their sons to watch and admire wildlife around the world.


David has won numerous awards in international photo competitions including GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Natures Best, AFPAN , Asferico and Glanzlichter.


European flamingo or Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) group foraging on Lake Kerkini, Greece. February - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / European flamingo or Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) group foraging on Lake Kerkini, Greece. February
European flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) bathing, at height of courtship season they clean their plumage a lot, Camargue, France, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / European flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) bathing, at height of courtship season they clean their plumage a lot, Camargue, France, April
European flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) in flight, Camargue, France, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / European flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) in flight, Camargue, France, April
Great Crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) male dancing on top of the female after mating, she is submerged, La Dombes area, France, June - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great Crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) male dancing on top of the female after mating, she is submerged, La Dombes area, France, June
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) male and female perform courtship dance, La Dombes area, France, June - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) male and female perform courtship dance, La Dombes area, France, June
Great Crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship dance and exchanging weed as part of ritual, La Dombes area, France, June - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great Crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship dance and exchanging weed as part of ritual, La Dombes area, France, June
Great crested grebes (podiceps cristatus) pair mating on a kind of 'lek' the favourite place for lots of grebes to mate on this lake, La Dombes lake area, France, June. Second place in the Species Sto... - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebes (podiceps cristatus) pair mating on a kind of 'lek' the favourite place for lots of grebes to mate on this lake, La Dombes lake area, France, June. Second place in the Species Sto...
Black necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) pair in courtship dance during the mating season, La Dombes lake area, France, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) pair in courtship dance during the mating season, La Dombes lake area, France, April
Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair courting in preparation to mate, La Dombes lake area, France, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair courting in preparation to mate, La Dombes lake area, France, April
Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) frontal view of pair mating, La Dombes lake area, France, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) frontal view of pair mating, La Dombes lake area, France, April
Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair mating at the edge of a lake, La Dombes lake area, France, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair mating at the edge of a lake, La Dombes lake area, France, April
Carrion crow (Corvus corone) sitting on the frozen branches of a birch tree, Kampina nature reserve, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Carrion crow (Corvus corone) sitting on the frozen branches of a birch tree, Kampina nature reserve, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January
Blackbird (Turdus merula) male in flight during snowfall, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January - David Pattyn,David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn,David Pattyn / Blackbird (Turdus merula) male in flight during snowfall, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January
Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) on a flowering blackthorn branch, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, April - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) on a flowering blackthorn branch, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, April
Common Crane (Grus grus) three  flying and preparing to land, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, October - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Common Crane (Grus grus) three flying and preparing to land, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, October
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) foraging in a shallow lake on a misty morning alongside other herons, La Dombes lake area, France, June - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) foraging in a shallow lake on a misty morning alongside other herons, La Dombes lake area, France, June
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) in a hunting posture while stalking to catch small fish, La Dombes lake area, France, June - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) in a hunting posture while stalking to catch small fish, La Dombes lake area, France, June
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) on water, one with beak open. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) on water, one with beak open. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012.
Fisherman with Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) on his boat during his fishing activities. Lake Kerkini, Greece, February - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Fisherman with Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) on his boat during his fishing activities. Lake Kerkini, Greece, February
Three Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) portrait on lake. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Three Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) portrait on lake. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) portrait showing gular pouch. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) portrait showing gular pouch. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012.
Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) abstract head portrait, Lake Kerkini, Greece, March - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) abstract head portrait, Lake Kerkini, Greece, March
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) group of pelicans with dark storm clouds approaching, Lake Kerkini, Greece, February - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) group of pelicans with dark storm clouds approaching, Lake Kerkini, Greece, February
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) close-up portrait. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) close-up portrait. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012.
Mountains covered in snow, Chamonix, France, in winter of December 2011 - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Mountains covered in snow, Chamonix, France, in winter of December 2011
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) running in the snow during snowfall, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. December - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) running in the snow during snowfall, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. December
Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) standing on a hill in a snowy landscape, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. December - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) standing on a hill in a snowy landscape, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. December
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) male in a snowy winter heather landscape during heavy snowfall. Kampina Nature reserve, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) male in a snowy winter heather landscape during heavy snowfall. Kampina Nature reserve, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January
Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) in deep snow. Stelvio National Park, Solda, Sulden am Ortler, Sudtirol, Italy, January. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) in deep snow. Stelvio National Park, Solda, Sulden am Ortler, Sudtirol, Italy, January.
Alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) in flight. Stelvio National Park, Italian Alps, Solda, Sulden am Ortler, Sudtirol, Italy. January 2013. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) in flight. Stelvio National Park, Italian Alps, Solda, Sulden am Ortler, Sudtirol, Italy. January 2013.
Blackbird (Turdus merula) female in flight, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Blackbird (Turdus merula) female in flight, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. January
Razorbill (Alca torda) silhouette portrait, sitting at the edge of a cliff at sunset. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Razorbill (Alca torda) silhouette portrait, sitting at the edge of a cliff at sunset. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June.
Silhouette of a Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking up a branch of a fallen tree, The Netherlands, August. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Silhouette of a Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking up a branch of a fallen tree, The Netherlands, August.
Spectacled caiman (Caiman yacare) walking on a sandy shore at the edge of a river at night, Pantanal, Brazil - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Spectacled caiman (Caiman yacare) walking on a sandy shore at the edge of a river at night, Pantanal, Brazil
Orca (Orcinus orca) group surfacing, Johnstone strait, British Columbia, Canada, August. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Orca (Orcinus orca) group surfacing, Johnstone strait, British Columbia, Canada, August.
American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) sitting in a tree on a misty, foggy day. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, August. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) sitting in a tree on a misty, foggy day. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, August.
Area of  clearcut coniferous forest. British Columbia, Canada, August 2013 - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Area of clearcut coniferous forest. British Columbia, Canada, August 2013
Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) portrait with head just on water surface, Pantanal, Brazil - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) portrait with head just on water surface, Pantanal, Brazil
Kayaks on a beach at the edge of Lake Superior, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield peninsula, Wisconsin, USA, July. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Kayaks on a beach at the edge of Lake Superior, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield peninsula, Wisconsin, USA, July.
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) in defensive posture in the breeding season. Bulgaria. April. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) in defensive posture in the breeding season. Bulgaria. April.
Two Puffins (Fratercula arctica)  looking at each other, among coastal thrift (Armeria maritima). Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Two Puffins (Fratercula arctica) looking at each other, among coastal thrift (Armeria maritima). Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June.
Razorbill (Alca torda) pair preening each other. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Razorbill (Alca torda) pair preening each other. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June.
Razorbill (Alca torda) sitting at the edge of a cliff and flapping its wings. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Razorbill (Alca torda) sitting at the edge of a cliff and flapping its wings. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June.
Razorbill (Alca torda) pair calling,  between soft focus vegetation. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Razorbill (Alca torda) pair calling, between soft focus vegetation. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford, Ireland, June.
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) through soft focus vegetation. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland, June. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) through soft focus vegetation. Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland, June.
Hoegne river at the edge of the 'Hoge Venen' nature reserve, with autumn leaves swirling in river, Ardennes, Belgium, November - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Hoegne river at the edge of the 'Hoge Venen' nature reserve, with autumn leaves swirling in river, Ardennes, Belgium, November
Temperate rainforest scenic with ancient Red cedar trees (Thuja plicata) and a forest trail walkway for visitors. Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, August. - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Temperate rainforest scenic with ancient Red cedar trees (Thuja plicata) and a forest trail walkway for visitors. Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, August.
Common Crane (Grus grus) groups flying past at sunrise over a bay close to Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, October - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Common Crane (Grus grus) groups flying past at sunrise over a bay close to Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, October
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