13 Year Old Falconer Hunts With Golden Eagle…

… I love birds. I always have. They’re funny little creatures that God gifted with flight. I imagine they’re one of His favorite creations. To me they represent total detachment from the world. Birds possess a freedom we’ll never attain until death — a complete dependency on God to care for their needs.

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”

That and they can fly. Flying’s pretty cool.

The above image is of 13 year old Ashol-Pan, the world’s youngest female huntress with her golden eagle.

Her father is a celebrated Kazakh hunter in the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. They are the only people who hunt with eagles out of the 400 practicing falconers in the entire world.

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  • margaret1910

    Wow! Beautiful girl, beautiful eagle. Do you watch any of the eagle cams around the country? I am hooked on them.

  • Quittin’ time at Tara!

    Now THAT is a magnificent childhood, raised up in such beauty to be strong and free.

  • bill b

    Saw this prior and saved all photos…wonderful beauty…wonderful clothing.

  • http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ CT Catholic Corner

    Just …WOW… :)

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    That is awesome! I’ve been to Kazakhstan and I know there are still a large number of Kazaks who are still into falconry. The love expressed between the girl and the eagle in that last photo is inspiring.