Kyrgyzstan. The Land and People
These people live in a small settlement Telek surrounded by high mountains and rough clean rivers in the central part of Kyrgyzstan. They breed fat sheep and dairy mares, make and sell cream and butter. The soil is so cold there that only barley crops and potatoes can grow, but local people are warm-hearted and generous.
20 imagesTelek village, on the way to Song-Kul' lake, Kyrgyzstan. These people live in a small settlement surrounded by high mountains and rough clean rivers. They breed fat sheep and dairy mares, make and sell cream and butter. The soil is so cold there that only barley crops can grow, but local people are warm-hearted and generous.
15 imagesThe very young birds berkutchi, Kyrgyz falconers, take out from a nest in the high mountains. His last golden eagle -- the fifth in his life -- a Kyrgyz hunter Kadyrin got right from the rock up in the mountains. Until the bird has grown up and become strong it lives in a cage. During this time the wild bird must get accustomed to a man. But not every bird can be taught to hunt with man. The autumn is a right time of hunting for a man and for a golden eagle. In that time berkutchi could go to the mountains almost every day. A golden eagle can see for a three kilometres distance. And no one wild creature does surrender without fighting, every animal - a fox or a hare - wants to be alive and struggles for its life until the last breath. Who is smarter - a man or a bird? The berkutchi says - of course, a man! It is a man teaches a golden eagle to hunt. The art of falconry has been known for a several thousands of years. No one wild bird can be completely tamed, but they are together - a berkutchi and a bird. Those who have this passion find it is impossible to live without hunting with a golden eagle and after an old hunter's death the bird passes into hands of his son. So the history repeats through generations.