February 3, 2016

Eagle Hunter

Photograph by Steve Morrison, National Geographic Your Shot

While in western Mongolia in the summer of 2014, Your Shot member Steve Morrison captured this photo of a nomadic herder who hunts using a trained golden eagle, a centuries-old Kazakh practice. The eagles are extremely quick and can dive upon prey at speeds of more than 150 miles an hour. "I had the opportunity to spend four days camped beside the ger (yurt) belonging to Shohan and his family," Morrison writes. "On this day, we had followed Shohan deep into the valley that extends west beyond his summer pastures, above upper Dayan Nuur near the Chinese border."

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24 comments
Elzabeth Raudat
Elzabeth Raudat

So glad the world gets to see the world through your lens..

Dmitrii D.
Dmitrii D.

Like in movie. O God thanks for that people who still exist in our planet with deep connection to mother earth.

P. Cate
P. Cate

Two ferocious hunters . . . man and eagle!

Fantastic photo.  Thanks

Sandip Barad
Sandip Barad

EXCELLENT SHOT, BACK GROUND, TIMING ALL...

Faisal Mir
Faisal Mir

awesome capture and befitting backdrop...

Rinkesh P
Rinkesh P

@Steve Morrison How does one go camping with Shohan and his family? Did you go through a tour group or organization? I would really love the opportunity to go camping and learn about other cultures. Great picture/experience captured through your lens.

Matt Dutile
Matt Dutile

Fantastic shot Steve. Captures the moment and sense of place very well.

Courtney Anderson
Courtney Anderson

How badass is that to hunt with a GOLDEN EAGLE!? Also, what an incredible opportunity to spend time with Shohan and his family. There are always so many stories behind photographs, giving this particular photo another dimension. Well done on capturing a very unique aspect of hunting and traditions from around the world.

David Korte
David Korte

beautiful light, beautiful landscape, beautiful composition!

beyhan bayhan
beyhan bayhan

It's like seeing what Marco Polo had seen in his travels hundreds of years ago. A magnificent shot and I can't even imagine the experience!

Steve Morrison
Steve Morrison

@beyhan bayhan Thank you.  It really was an incredible experience.  The people we met along the way were wonderfully gracious and generous .

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