The Eagle Hunters

THE EAGLE HUNTERS.

Hunting in the Harsh Altai Mountain Terrain of Western Mongolia.

The tradition of hunting with eagles is more than just a sport; it’s an ancient art form. For generations, the Burkitshi scan the valleys for foxes and other small animals, with golden eagles mounted on their arms. When prey is in sight, they release the eagles who unfurl their eight-foot wingspan, soar across the barren landscape, lock in on the pray, and dive in for the kill. Little known fact, female eagles are the preferred hunting bird due to their large size. They are captured at the age of two because they are young enough to train, but old enough to instinctively know how to hunt. The eagles become members of the community for nearly a decade, before they are released back into the wild. This age-old practice has cycled for thousands of years, traditionally passed down from father to son. However, this ancient art form is in danger of extinction. There are only 80 active Burkitshi continuing the tradition today and the younger generation is beginning to lose interest.

Original Oil Painting FOR SALE. £500

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