Kazakh eagle hunter
Category: Travel Portraits
Photo and caption by Melissa Sorbello
Each winter Kazakh eagle hunters travel from the border of Kazakhstan and Mongolia towards Olgii city, Ulaanbaatar and other urban centres to display Kazakh sport and culture. Eagle hunting is a Kazakh tradition, whereby female eagles are trained to hunt marmots, foxes and wolves. Kazakh means 'free warrior' or 'steppe roamer', these nomadic people are a small minority group making up about 6% of Mongolia's population. In this photograph the eagle's eyes are covered, as it is their eyes that are the most deadly weapon due to their sharp vision.
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