21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Taming a mere Bird

For thousand of years, nomadic hunters used birds of prey as a valuable hunting companion across the northern steppes from Eurasia to China. It was fundamental for the acquisition of food and furs in the harsh,unforgiving winter months. The relationship between the hunter and the eagle is forged when the eagle was a wee eaglet and the image symbolizes a trusted bond between the two. Here is Eagle Hunter Jenisbek Tserik, a Multi-title champion in Horse Wrestling.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Sagsai, Mongolia
Camera: NIKON D5300
Copyright: © Apostolos Kaloudis