Kazakh Eagle Hunter of Western Mongolia

Category: People


Photo and caption by Christopher Geoghegan

Eagle Hunters, or ‘Berkutchi’ as they are locally known, are well respected and take pride in their appearance. Eagle Hunting season is between the months of November and March, with festivals and marches take place throughout to showcase and celebrate this age-old tradition. Eagles are mainly used by the Kazakhs to hunt marmots and rabbits, but it has been known for the strongest of Eagles to be able to take down a wolf.

Location: Bayan-Ölgii, Western Mongolia


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