When the photographer, Asher Svidensky, went for a trek in the mountains of western Mongolia, Ulgii, it was the preservation of the eagle hunting tradition that drew him in. He was lucky enough to witness the amazing friendship between a child and an eagle.

Tradition

The tradition of the hunting golden eagle in Mongolia is well known, as boys help to train the eagles on how to hunt. The tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and is very important in their culture.

This tradition however is disappearing as most boys move into town to further their education. As there is now a shortage of male hunters, the women are starting to take over, to keep this tradition.

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Ashol Pan

This girl, who is 13 years old, continues with the tradition after her brother had left for the army. Her father had asked her to take the place of her brother, and she accepted.

She has been through rigorous training to develop a trusting relationship with her eagle. Although Ashol is still in school, she spends most of her time training her eagle to catch foxes, marmots and rabbits.

The eagle huntress is fearless when she handles her animal and caresses the eagle as it sits with her. It is a beautiful sight to see!

Source: www.svidensky.com 

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