Like many ancient arts, falconry is passed on from father to son. It is a tradition deeply ingrained in the culture of the nomad Kazakhs. They live in a cold environment where hunting for food and fur proves difficult. Rather than chasing the prey themselves on gruelling and great distances, the hunters use the golden eagles to help them survive.
While a group of hunters chase wild animals, like foxes and hares in open ground, the falconer and his eagle, which rests on his arm, wearing a toamga, stands on the mountain-edge and observes the area. When the falconer notices an animal escaping, be it a hare, a fox, a fawn or even a young wolf, he removes the bird’s blindfold and releases her to do the deed. A day without much food makes the eagle determined and powerful, eager to catch her prey.
The hunter must reach the killing ground quickly before the bird devours the prey or damages its valued fur. Rather than losing the prey to the bird, the falconer serves her a juicy piece of meat that was prepared earlier. Finally, she eats her meal of the day.
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