At the beginning of December I visited Gunny – traditional Kazakh village at the foot of the Tian Shan mountains in Almaty Region, Kazakhstan.

One of the people I met there was the Eagle Hunter (burkiti in the Kazakh language). After the solemn welcome, I saw him sitting with the bird on his arm by the entrance to the yurt and I totally fell in love with this magnificent couple.

Kazakh Eagle Hunter takes care of the bird from the day of his birth. Over the years they teach them not only to hunt but also to be loyal and committed to its owner, or otherwise – father.

After 15 years of “service”, the Eagle Hunter gives his bird the greatest gift – freedom. The bond of the Eagle and his father is very strong. The only creature the bird is connected to is the Hunter. I tried to catch the relationship with my cameras – Nikon Z50 and Nikon D810, and here are the results.

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