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Truly incredible photo essay at the the Mother Jones website. Writer Gregory Barber tells us that "the eagle hunters, known as burkitshi, are members of
Mongolia's Kazakh minority, living in the remote valleys of the Altai
Mountains in the country's far west. Australian photographer Palani Mohan
spent five years traveling there, documenting the nomadic lives of the
50 or 60 men who still hunt as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago." The men take eagles from their nest at about four months, after they are old enough to survive outside the nest but are still trainable. They forge lifelong relationships.