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Nestled within the picturesque, mostly flattened landscapes of the Netherlands’ wetlands lies the rare folly of ‘De Kiekkaaste’, a solitary birdwatching station. A true one-of-a-kind, the only bird-watching hut to be found in the Netherlands outside of the Dykes, the quaint structure, with its rustic charm and tranquil surroundings, has become a subject of fascination for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. Designed by architect Huub Oome and built in 1995, the hut stands close to the coast and offers uninterrupted views over the mudflats from which visiting ‘twitchers’ study the comings and goings of avian visitors.

Photographer David Altrath visited the flats, flipping the narrative and focusing his lens on the hut and its place within the landscape. Shooting both sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding wetlands and intimate close-ups of the intricate architectural details of the hut, Altrath hopes to offer the viewer the full picture of this special place. De Kiekkaaste stands as a testament to the enduring relationship between humans and the environment, Altrath’s images observing the hut at the center of a diverse ecosystem that serves as a sanctuary for countless species.

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Images © David Altrath

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