Day 3, Lost in Siberian Winter

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After breakfast, we depart to the reserve (25 km away on beautiful frozen Siberian roads). We’ll take advantage of winter landscape photography opportunities along the way. Our wildlife shoots last for 5 hours daily, and we provide packed lunches. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Evenings are spent working with your mentor on photographs taken during the day. Plenty of small lakes unfreeze through the tough Siberian winters thanks to the abundance of thermal bottom springs, maintaining an average winter water temperature of 4-6°С (39.2…42.8 F). One of those lakes is the famous Lebedinoe (Swan Lake—a real one!), which is the only place in the whole of Russia where swans spend the winter in the continental climate zone. This swan population is absolutely unique and isolated, and does not interbreed with any other. The swans spend the summer in the Arctic prairie of the Salekhard region. Other winter birds are represented, such as quack, garrot and goosander.

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