Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter Margars Mazkin, 74 years, sits with his eagle before leaving for competition on Jan. 31, 2015 in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter Margars Mazkin, 74, sits with his eagle before leaving for competition on Jan. 31, 2015 in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China.Kevin Frayer—Getty Images
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter Margars Mazkin, 74 years, sits with his eagle before leaving for competition on Jan. 31, 2015 in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter Margars Mazkin, 74 years, puts on his traditional clothing before leaving for competition.
Kazakh eagle hunter Yermazhan Beysenbay places an eagle on a perch as another eagle sits nearby outside the family house before a local competition.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters from the Beysenbay family who are all brothers ride together with their eagles before a local competition in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter Yermazhan Beysenbay holds his eagle as he ties up his horse after riding before a local competition.
A Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter dances with horsemen before the competition.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters ride with their eagles during a local competition.
Spectators react as they watch a Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter, not seen, release his bird during a local competition.
Spectators watch as an eagle flies above the crowd after it was released by a Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter.
A Chinese Kazakh boy watches during a local eagle hunting competition.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters laugh together as they rest during a local competition.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter releases his eagle during a local competition in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China.
Chinese Kazakh eagle hunter Margars Mazkin, 74, sits with his eagle before leaving for competition on Jan. 31, 2015 in t
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See Amazing Chinese Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Action

Feb 06, 2015

The eagle hunting festival, held in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China, was organized by the local hunting community in an effort to promote and grow traditional hunting practices for new generations. The training and handling of the large birds of prey follows a strict set of ancient rules that Kazakh eagle hunters hope to preserve for future generations.

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