Thursday, May 7, 2009
Flight of the Eagle Hunter
In the far west of Mongolia there still exist Kazakh eagle hunters. The eagle hunters don't actually hunt eagles, but hunt using eagles. The art of finding and capturing a young eagle, 'breaking' it, then training it to hunt is passed on from father to son. Hunting is done during the winter months.
I felt a bit like an exploitative tourist while taking these shots. The hunter has been trained to dress up in his hunting outfit and pose for photo shoots. Of course, a certain fee must be paid.