Mongolia's Kazakh with Golden Eagles

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The tradition of hunting with golden eagles is said to have been started by the nomadic Khitans from Manchuria in northern China in 940 AC

The tradition of hunting with golden eagles is said to have been started by the nomadic Khitans from Manchuria in northern China in 940 AC

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers

Photographer captures the Kazakh people practising their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles.

Photographer captures the Kazakh people practising their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles.

The Kazakh eagle hunting tradition was always male-dominated, but nowadays some fathers teach their young daughters.

The Kazakh eagle hunting tradition was always male-dominated, but nowadays some fathers teach their young daughters.

The hunters wear traditional costumes, complete with fur coats made of marmot, fox or wolf skins that have been caught by their eagles.

The hunters wear traditional costumes, complete with fur coats made of marmot, fox or wolf skins that have been caught by their eagles.

Speaking about the strong bond between bird and human, Cruysberghs said: "A long-term relationship is created"

Speaking about the strong bond between bird and human, Cruysberghs said: "A long-term relationship is created"

Eagle hunter Berik sits with his eagle at the festival in Bayan Olgii, a province in western Mongolia

Eagle hunter Berik sits with his eagle at the festival in Bayan Olgii, a province in western Mongolia

On horseback, the Kazakh people compete in the Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Olgii

On horseback, the Kazakh people compete in the Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Olgii

All of the competitors pose together to commemorate the occasion - along with their beloved birds, of course.

All of the competitors pose together to commemorate the occasion - along with their beloved birds, of course.

Talent knows no age: Here, 13-year-old Ashol-Pan celebrates a win at the festival.

Talent knows no age: Here, 13-year-old Ashol-Pan celebrates a win at the festival.


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