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Ak Zholtoi, the six year old eagle queen of Kyrgyzstan

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Ak Zholtoi, the six year old eagle queen of Kyrgyzstan



The story of a man, a bird and a blogger in rural Central Asia
The post Ak Zholtoi, the six year old eagle queen of Kyrgyzstan appeared first on Young Adventuress.

Hello all! I have someone special I’d like you to meet. Let me introduce you to Ak Zholtoi. She’s six years old and is from Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan.  
Don’t let her young age fool you, for a more BAMF never existed, and she’s not to be trifled with. Her hobbies include chasing foxes, chowing down on raw chicken, cuddles and soaring with the wind beneath her wings (don’t we all). Dislikes include being held by bloggers who don’t know what they are doing.
Did I mention she is a golden eagle" In fact, she’s the queen of the eagles. Prepare to bend the knee, guys.

25 photos that will inspire you to visit Kyrgyzstan

Ak Zholtoi and her owner, Azamat, are the champion eagle hunters at the World Nomad Games. No big deal right" And Azamat is only eighteen years old to boot. 
Together, they are out to follow in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan, or the more local but no less legendary Manas, to conquer Central Asia. Whilst this was not my first foray into spending time with eagle hunters, it was by far the most educational and intimate.
I’d like to think Ak Zholtoi and I met as colleagues but left as life-long friends. That is, if she can forgive me for dropping her. 
Yes, I dropped Kyrgyzstan’s champion eagle. Like on the ground. Guys, I dropped Kyrgyzstan’s champion eagle on the fucking ground. OMG!

Zombie bird! Jokes, I just managed to get a shot of her blinking
If you all remember way back when around 2014 I spent a month riding horses with the traditional Kazakh eagle hunters in western Mongolia, an experience which changed my life. There I witnessed the traditional nomads in action, with their birds of prey perched on their arm, waiting to be let loose to reap destruction, ruination and despair amongst the local fox and hare community.
It was powerful, moving, and pretty freaking impressive. I’ll also add that there are only a few hundred people in the entire world that have maintained this practice.
I was hooked. Being a bird nerd is in my genes. My mom used to volunteer with rehabilitating falcons and hawks, and thanks to her in addition to living in New Zealand, the original land of birds, I’ve come to love and admire our feathered friends.
Speaking of, did you know that New Zealand used to be home to the biggest eagle in the world" They had a ten foot wingspan, and there are even M?ori stories of how they used to hunt people before going extinct. Shivers
But I digress.

Their cousin, the mighty golden eagle, now rules the northern hemisphere these days, especially in Central Asia.
On my recent trip to Kyrgyzstan I was lucky enough to spend time with the best of the best champion eagle hunters, based on the South Shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and observe their badassery in action.
In Kyrgyz there ...
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