18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The birds nest

In the abandoned Russian coal mining town of Pyramiden on Svalbard, the kittiwakes have taken over some of the old buildings as an alternate nesting site. Every single window-sill and similar space is used as a nesting site, used like the cliffs elsewhere on the archipelago.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Pyramiden, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Copyright: © Russell Millner