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Europe + birds + cold. What could be better?

This was one of the first birds I actually had the chance to photograph during our visit to the Spanish Pyrenees. Post-spotting, some dubiously legal fence-jumping took me to this pine tree where it was feeding on… something. Despite having seen the bird previously in the Himalayas (and, I may add, after much greater effort), there was something about this spotting that just screamed Europe. The bite in the air, the pine trees that were actually pine trees, the small, fluffed-up birds… perfection. (That is, until your fingers became numb. After that – not so much).

Also, pro tip: don’t ever, and I mean ever, google ‘tits europe’ or some other equivalent without adding bird at the end. Trust me. I almost learned the hard way.

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