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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Eagle Hunter

Kazakh eagle hunters capture the birds in their nest and start training them immediately. They become reliable hunting bird when they reach 2 years old. They can capture rabbit, fox and other small animals in the winter when the temperature drops to -40. The region inhabited by the Kazakh nomads, Bayaan Olgii, is nestled in the Altai Mountains bordering China, Kazakstan and Russia. This was the Eagle Festival taken place in Sep. 2016

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Mongolia
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Libby Zhang