Bronze / 2018 / Press / Other_PJ

Training Golden Eagle to Hunt

  • Prize
    Bronze in Press/Other
  • Company
    Sarah Jenkins Photography
  • Photographer
    Sarah Jenkins

In the desolate mountainous terrain of western Mongolia live 60 or so remaining traditional eagle hunters. These tough, proud Kazakh nomads use golden eagles to hunt on horseback. This ancient tradition of training golden eagles to hunt for foxes and sometimes wolves is still part of daily life for these eagle hunter families who use the prey for both food and warm clothing. The hunter takes the young female wild eaglet from its nest and trains it over the next 1-2 years; whereby the eagle becomes part of the family. However, the bird retains its wild bird of prey killer instinct. The eagle, when not hunting or being trained is tethered outside the ger tent. A special bond develops between hunter and eagle - a trusting relationship between man and this enormous bird of prey. After about 8-9 years the hunter releases the eagle back into the wild.

Sarah is a freelance photographer. She has more than 20 years experience in both the photography and graphic design fields.
Sarah lives in Sydney Australia but her wanderlust for travel has taken her to all corners of the globe; to 115 countries and all seven continents. Her interest in disappearing cultures takes her to some of the more remote parts of the world, photographing tribes and people. Sarah's images have been awarded international photography awards.
Sarah is the director of SignaturePhoto Photography Courses - teaching short photography courses in Sydney Australia, and also leads photography tours to other parts of the world.