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Nov 25, 2018 13:31:32   #
gunflint
 
For those of you not watching football yet I will post a few photos from a trip my wife and I took in September to remote western Mongolia. We spent two weeks living with Kazakh eagle hunter nomads, either in tents or their Gers (same as Yurt). They are amazing people and it was so desolate yet beautiful region. We were also high into the Altai Mountains near the Russian border. No plumbing or toilets for 10 days! This trip is not for most people but I think the centuries old custom of capturing, training, and hunting with golden eagles will gradually be lost as each younger generation changes and leave the nomadic life style. The last 2 days we were at a wonderful "Eagle Festival" where there were many competitions.

I will post a few more another time...

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Nov 25, 2018 13:40:00   #
gunflint
 
gunflint wrote:
For those of you not watching football yet I will post a few photos from a trip my wife and I took in September to remote western Mongolia. We spent two weeks living with Kazakh eagle hunter nomads, either in tents or their Gers (same as Yurt). They are amazing people and it was so desolate yet beautiful region. We were also high into the Altai Mountains near the Russian border. No plumbing or toilets for 10 days! This trip is not for most people but I think the centuries old custom of capturing, training, and hunting with golden eagles will gradually be lost as each younger generation changes and leave the nomadic life style. The last 2 days we were at a wonderful "Eagle Festival" where there were many competitions.

I will post a few more another time...
For those of you not watching football yet I will ... (show quote)


I hit send, sorry, here are the photos

Dave


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Nov 25, 2018 13:41:17   #
RichardTaylor (a regular here)
 
Super set.
Thanks for taking us there.

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Nov 25, 2018 13:47:24   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Nice.
Especially numbers two and five.

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Nov 25, 2018 13:49:10   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
Wowsa, fascinating and fantastic!

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Nov 25, 2018 13:51:20   #
phlash46 (a regular here)
 
Very, very fine set!

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Nov 25, 2018 13:56:32   #
gunflint
 
Thanks everyone!!

Dave

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Nov 25, 2018 14:01:16   #
NMGal (a regular here)
 
Great set. Not something you see everyday.

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Nov 25, 2018 14:14:36   #
BlueMorel (a regular here)
 
Oh, my! Thank you for showing us a new experience! Wonderful set!

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Nov 25, 2018 14:18:52   #
Old Timer
 
I just recently watched a documentary on tv about the eagles and the natives. I believe one of pictures had the same man on the show. There was a young lady I believe that was from Arizona that is one few or maybe only women that is trained and qualified to hunt with a eagle. By the way a great set of pictures.

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Nov 25, 2018 14:22:03   #
BassmanBruce (a regular here)
 
Incredible adventure and you got some supershots.

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Nov 25, 2018 14:42:25   #
jederick (a regular here)
 
Magnificent series, gunflint...thanks for sharing. Looks like one fella took quite a tumble!!

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Nov 25, 2018 14:46:50   #
Retired CPO (a regular here)
 
Really outstanding! Thanks for sharing these.

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Nov 25, 2018 14:50:02   #
gunflint
 
Old Timer wrote:
I just recently watched a documentary on tv about the eagles and the natives. I believe one of pictures had the same man on the show. There was a young lady I believe that was from Arizona that is one few or maybe only women that is trained and qualified to hunt with a eagle. By the way a great set of pictures.


I think that was 60 minutes a few weeks ago. It was totally false information and bad reporting. The fact is, the girl in my photo #6 is now 18 years old. When she was 13, her father trained her and she actually won the Eagle Hunter Festival that year. She was the only female to ever enter the competition at that point and she continues to be involved every year. We saw her win this competition where she called her eagle from a far distance and it was the fastest time of any eagle in the competition. If you are interested there was a nice movie made about her being trained and in the competition. It is called The Eagle Huntress.

She is amazing, humble, speaks excellent English, and has been offered a scholarship at Harvard. We also spent time at her house with her family, one of the highlights of our trip! Here is another photo of her...


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Nov 25, 2018 14:52:31   #
gunflint
 
jederick wrote:
Magnificent series, gunflint...thanks for sharing. Looks like one fella took quite a tumble!!


Yes, his horse fell, did a summersalt, rolled over, and the guy was still in the saddle when the horse got back on it's feet!!

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