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Hunting with Eagles
Author: PALANI MOHAN

ISBN: 9781858946436
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 127
Published: 28 September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 25.7 x 1.8
Description:
For many hundreds of years Kazakh nomads have been grazing their livestock near the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia. The Altai Kazakhs are unique in their tradition of using golden eagles to hunt on horseback. The lifestyle of these hunters, known in Kazakh as burtkitshis, is changing rapidly, and over the last few years the award-winning photographer Palani Mohan has spent time with these men and their families, documenting a culture under threat.

The special bond between a hunter and his eagle begins when the hunter takes an eagle pup from a nest high on the rock face. The pups are usually about four years old (a golden eagle can live to 30 years of age). It's important that the pup has learned to hunt and is not still dependent on her mother; but neither can she be too old nor experienced, or she will not learn to live with humans. The hunters take only female pups from the nest, as females are larger and more powerful and aggressive than the males. Adult female golden eagles can have a wingspan of up to 9 feet, and weigh over 15 pounds.

The eagle pup gradually learns to accept food from the hunter, and once trust has been established, the hunter begins to ...

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