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Russian photographers Konstantin Mikhailov and Yuri Shibnev have spent many years exploring what they refer to as "one of the last really enigmatic wild areas on earth" - Ussuriland. Also known as Primorsky Krai, it is situated in the extreme south of far east Russia, bordering with China in the west and the sea of Japan in the east. It is a place where Manchurian, Siberian and Korean-Chinese species live side-by-side in Russia's richest biodiversity hotspot.

Famous wildlife sites include the region of Sikhote-Alin (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the popular birdwatching destinations at Khanka Lake and the Bikin River (known locally as the "Russian Amazon"). Ussuriland's varied landscapes include the characteristic swamps and meadows of far east Russia and only two days walk separate the mountainous boreal taiga in the north from the sub tropical broad leaved forests in the south, where the continental climate has earned Ussuriland a reputation as the "tropics of cold Russia".

Many once-widespread habitats and species find their last refuge in Ussuriland. Still relatively unspoilt, it contains the remnants of forests which once spanned China, Korea and the northern far east and serves as a sanctuary for many endangered animals including the amur leopard, Siberian spruce grouse and Siberian flying squirrel.

For more information and images, contact timaldred@naturepl.com.

Morning fog over forest. Ussuriland, Primorskiy region, Far East Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Morning fog over forest. Ussuriland, Primorskiy region, Far East Russia
Pool in autumn woodlands Ussuriland, Primorsky, Far East Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Pool in autumn woodlands Ussuriland, Primorsky, Far East Russia
Liana vine {Actinidia sp} ^Kedrovaya Pad^ Nature reserve, S Ussuriland, far east Russia  -  YURI SHIBNEV
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YURI SHIBNEV / Liana vine {Actinidia sp} ^Kedrovaya Pad^ Nature reserve, S Ussuriland, far east Russia
Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans) on tree trunk, Ussuriland, South Primorskiy, Far East Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans) on tree trunk, Ussuriland, South Primorskiy, Far East Russia
Rings of reeds in Lake Khanka, Khankayskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, Ussuriland, SE Siberia, Russia. Breeding site of endangered Red-crowned crane and Parrotbills, feeding site of Egrets and Oriental Whit...  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Rings of reeds in Lake Khanka, Khankayskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, Ussuriland, SE Siberia, Russia. Breeding site of endangered Red-crowned crane and Parrotbills, feeding site of Egrets and Oriental Whit...
Sunset over Lake Khanka, at the border with China, Khankayskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, Ussuriland, Primorsky, SE Siberia, far east Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Sunset over Lake Khanka, at the border with China, Khankayskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, Ussuriland, Primorsky, SE Siberia, far east Russia
Aerial view of river Birkin, right tributary of Ussuri River, with virgin riparian forest, North Ussuriland, Primorsky, Siberia, far east Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Aerial view of river Birkin, right tributary of Ussuri River, with virgin riparian forest, North Ussuriland, Primorsky, Siberia, far east Russia
Birdwatcher in Manchurian-type complex riparian forests  (Poplar-Elm-Ash forest with fern) in the river valleys of the Ussuriland, Primorsky, SE Siberia, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Birdwatcher in Manchurian-type complex riparian forests (Poplar-Elm-Ash forest with fern) in the river valleys of the Ussuriland, Primorsky, SE Siberia, Russia
Yuri Shibnev photographing on Sikhote-Alin range, Primorsky, Far East Russia. (Ussuriland)  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Yuri Shibnev photographing on Sikhote-Alin range, Primorsky, Far East Russia. (Ussuriland)
Dead forest in sub alpine zone (Taiga). Sikhote Aalin range, Siberia (Ussuriland)  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Dead forest in sub alpine zone (Taiga). Sikhote Aalin range, Siberia (Ussuriland)
Upland Far East swamp with dead larch trees (marr) Sikhote-Alin mountainous plateau (1000 m) Russia Breeding site of the Hooded Crane. (Ussuriland)  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Upland Far East swamp with dead larch trees (marr) Sikhote-Alin mountainous plateau (1000 m) Russia Breeding site of the Hooded Crane. (Ussuriland)
Indian scops owl. Russia, Ussuriland, South Primorskiy  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Indian scops owl. Russia, Ussuriland, South Primorskiy
Morning mist over winter woodland, Ussuriland, Primorsky, Far East Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Morning mist over winter woodland, Ussuriland, Primorsky, Far East Russia
Siberian spruce grouse male {Falcipennis falcipennis} on ground Far East Russia Ussuriland South Primorsky Region  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Siberian spruce grouse male {Falcipennis falcipennis} on ground Far East Russia Ussuriland South Primorsky Region
Early spring landscape with conifers. Primorsky, Far East Russia (Ussuriland).  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Early spring landscape with conifers. Primorsky, Far East Russia (Ussuriland).
Siberian chipmunk (Eutamias sibiricus) feeding. Ussuriland, South Primorskiy, Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Siberian chipmunk (Eutamias sibiricus) feeding. Ussuriland, South Primorskiy, Russia
Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), blood on face from feeding. Ussuriland, South Primorsky Region, Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), blood on face from feeding. Ussuriland, South Primorsky Region, Russia
Wild Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) feeding on kill near den, Kedrovapad NR, Ussuriland, Far East Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Wild Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) feeding on kill near den, Kedrovapad NR, Ussuriland, Far East Russia
Researcher fixes radio collar to Amur leopard {Panthera pardus orientalis) Ussuriland, Far East Russia 1992  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Researcher fixes radio collar to Amur leopard {Panthera pardus orientalis) Ussuriland, Far East Russia 1992
Brown mamushi {Agkistrodon saxatilis} Ussuriland, Far East Russia  -  Yuri Shibnev
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Yuri Shibnev / Brown mamushi {Agkistrodon saxatilis} Ussuriland, Far East Russia
Ussurian taiga woodlands, Complex riparian forests of SE Siberia habitat of the Amur tiger and Manchurian wapity, Ussuriland, Primorsky, SE Siberia, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Ussurian taiga woodlands, Complex riparian forests of SE Siberia habitat of the Amur tiger and Manchurian wapity, Ussuriland, Primorsky, SE Siberia, Russia
Sikhote-Alin Mountains from top of Mt. Sukhopadnaya (1700 m) with low morning clouds in the valleys, Primorsky, SE Siberia, Russia. These remote and yet absolutely wild areas have been visited only a...  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Sikhote-Alin Mountains from top of Mt. Sukhopadnaya (1700 m) with low morning clouds in the valleys, Primorsky, SE Siberia, Russia. These remote and yet absolutely wild areas have been visited only a...
Coastal habitat of Sea of Japan with pine tree forest {Pinus funebris} Primorsk, Ussuriland, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Coastal habitat of Sea of Japan with pine tree forest {Pinus funebris} Primorsk, Ussuriland, Russia
Japanese tree frog {Hyla japonica} hanging on leaf, North Ussuriland, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Japanese tree frog {Hyla japonica} hanging on leaf, North Ussuriland, Russia