On the remote plains of Western Mongolia, around a hundred eagle hunters gather every October to demonstrate their art at this incredible annual festival, the ‘rodeo of eagle hunting’. The event has soared in popularity since 2016 when the launch of a documentary – The Eagle Huntress, featuring a young Kazakh girl called Aisholpan – sparked the imagination of many foreign visitors.
Kazakhs eagle hunters on their way the to the Golden Eagle Festival, Bayan Oelgii, Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Asia. Hunting using Golden Eagles has been a feature of Kazakh culture for centuries.
Kazakh eagle hunter and his golden eagle in Bayan-Olgii, Western Mongolia
Kazakh eagle hunters and their golden eagles in the Altai Region of Bayan-Olgii in Western Mongolia
A Kazakh eagle hunter’s golden eagle in the Altai Region of Bayan-Olgii in Western Mongolia
Kazakh eagle hunter on the Central Asian steppe in Bayan-Olgii in Western Mongolia
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