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Went for a walk around Ulgii, saw some eagle hunters in the street, Davlet picked us up about 10.30, on the way saw an eagle hunter squatting on the ground beside his eagle, giving it a pep talk Andrew said, but some eagles still misbehaving today in fact one attacked the same photographer as yesterday, swooped onto him & latched on to his parka then an eagle attacked another photographer, knocked him to the ground & eagle all tangled up in his tripod, camera broken, police and people rushed over, all only concerned about the eagle. The photographer quite philosophical about it.
Wore lots of clothes today but it was warm and sunny, lunch in a ger tent, meat pancakes, home made sambal and salty milky tea. Afterwards amazing horse event, buzkashi, a game like soccer but with a large dead black goat instead of a ball, the men on horseback wrestling to get the goat then charging up the field, horses in a tangled bunch, nostrils flaring, manes flying, 2 horses went down at once and landed on top of their riders, often 5 or 6 horses would charge into the spectators who would run in a panic, hard taking photos when a horde of horses charging towards you, big quarrels between riders and the referee and the judges.
Drove back in evening and Davelet took us to a tourist ger run by Akmerel and her parents. Walked up to a cemetery we saw on the way in, beautiful evening light. We were the only ones there apart from a Belgium guy in shorts who drank vodka with us over dinner. Akmerel volunteers at local kindergarten in winter, said it had been a bad season because of foot and mouth quarantine.

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Camels in house yard

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Eagle hunters in the street

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Eagle hunters in the street

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Eagle hunters in the street

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Morning walk in Ulgii

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Starting point - eagles fly down from the hill to catch the lure

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Starting point - eagles fly down from the hill to catch the lure

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Starting point - eagles fly down from the hill to catch the lure

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Eagles flying down from the hill to catch the lure

Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, eagles

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Mongolia
Keywords:Kazakh nomads, Bayan-Ulgii Aimag, Bayan-Ölgii, Hotel Tsambagarav, Kazakhs, Mongolia, Olgii, Ulgii, buzkashi, eagle festival, eagle hunters, eagles, eagles, horse games, horses