Eagle eyed! Photographer captures stunning pictures of world’s last remaining Mongolian eagle keepers
These stunning photographs of the world’s last remaining Mongolian eagle keepers show the incredible bond between man and bird.
The images, taken by photography tour guide Daniel Kordan, 29, last month, show a group of 10 eagle hunters travelling between West and South Mongolia across the Gobi Desert and canyon.
Daniel, from Moscow, discovered the hunters train eagles from a very early age and look after the majestic birds they reach 12 years of age.
He said: “When we were in Western Mongolia, we were greeted nomads-Kazakh eagle hunters.
“I hope the pictures will help to preserve the unique nomad culture.
“There are only 250 to 300 eagle hunters left now, who will pass their traditions down through generations.”
The eagles are used to hunt for foxes and small hares in order to find fur as well as food.
Daniel witnessed the eagle hunters competing and showing their skills via traditional games such as calling from the cliff.
The tour guide said it was as though he had stepped back in time 600 years, and found it extremely fascinating people still live a traditional life in modern society.
Daniel added: “Once the eagle reaches the age of 12 the hunters release the bird so it can live the second part of its life in freedom.
“Golden Eagles usually weigh around eight to 10kg, they keep the female birds as they are much bigger and better hunters.
“Nomads live a traditional life in harsh conditions, so the eagles help them to get food as well as making warm clothes.”