Kazakh Eagle Hunter, Western Mongolia

Photograph by David Edwards

The hunt always begins on horseback, the eagle riding blindfolded on the leather-covered arm of its owner. Fathers and sons, like 17-year-old Sangsai, set out in bitter cold of winter before sunrise to reach promontories where the eagle, blindfold undone, can quickly scan the wide open landscape for prey as the sun rises.

From the National Geographic book Visions of Paradise, 2008

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