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The wind beneath our wings

Meeting the eagle hunters of western Mongolia and exploring the land on foot, on horseback and in Russian minivans was a spiritual and enriching experience

The lone Kazakh rider glided majestically towards us with a 7kg golden eagle perched on his arm, racing across the wide-open steppe on an ebony-coloured Mongolian stallion.

We watched transfixed as he approached, dressed in his traditional fox-fur cloak and hat with embroidered trousers, just as his ancestors must have looked some 2,000 years ago. Finally, he halted in front of us, then smiling proudly, he greeted us warmly in the Kazakh language.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 30, 2018, with the headline 'The wind beneath our wings'. Print Edition | Subscribe