Eagle hunting is an art that has a very old history and still, there are people in Mongolia who use eagle hunting. An eagle is given the needed training to catch the prey and from the ancient past, this hunting method is passed from father to son. Photographer from Germany, Leo Thomas has had the chance to have a look at the lives of these hunters and snap some stunning pictures of them when he went to the Alta region in Western Mongolia.
There aren’t many eagle hunters left, only about 300 are there and most of them are males. And Leo had met Zamanbol, one of the 10 female hunters that are left. She learns in a school in the city and trains her bird along with her brother Barzabi on the weekends. They belong to the Kazakh nomad family. Her brother is 26 and Leo, the photographer is also the same age. Leo had said that though he spends time in front of a screen that boy enjoys life with family and environment. While looking at the pictures you’ll see that their life is a bit different from the modern world. To see more of his work check his Instagram.
#2 Leo Thomas had snapped some pictures of the traditional lives of Mongolian eagle hunters
#3 Young female eagle hunter Zamanbol
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