Eagle Hunters

Monday May 19, 2014 Written by Chris

Overlooking the steppes of west Mongolia, photographer Asher Svidensky found himself enraptured with the centuries-old practice of eagle hunting, where the Kazakhs in Mongolia tame eagles to hunt smaller animals like marmots to foxes.

Drawn at first to what he thought was the preservation of tradition, Svidensky soon understood that he wasn’t simply peering into the past, but was watching the next generation of eagle hunters learn the ropes. Following the five-years of training boys begin from age 13, Svidensky saw first hand the bond the Kazakh’s form with their bird companions, and captured some amazing pictures in the process.