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Speed diving Eagle with GoPro in Mongolia #2





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Published on Sep 25, 2013

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We attached a GoPro on the an eagle when we stayed several days at the home of Kazakh Eagle Hunter "Aral" in Olgii, Mongolia and watched him prepare for the Altai Kazakh Eagle Hunter Festival. This Himalayan Golden Eagle or Berikut, can glide up to 120 mph, and dives as fast as 150 mph.

We have been playing with this idea for a while. So when we finalised preparations for this trip a couple of months ago, we started getting our gear ready. First we bought a GoPro Hero 3 at home in Belgium. Once we were in Mongolia we checked with the Denver Zoo Foundation, which has some wildlife projects in the country, about the possibility and feasibility of attaching a camera to a Golden Eagle. They gave us some advice and assured us that by taking their tips into consideration we would not harm or hinder the animal. Then we had to build the harness/jacket. We were assisted by Urnaa, one of the senior concierge ladies from the Kempinski Khan Palace Hotel in Ulaanbaatar. She took us to an atelier where they made the harness according to our wishes.

Once in Bayan-Olgii, we received help from Canat, the owner of Blue Wolf Travel who arranged our stay with the eagle hunters. We were very happy staying with Aral's family, and meeting his kind and gentle eagle. Aral has been training his eagle since the bird was young, so it is relaxed and gentle with people.

Watch the result of the test flight in this movie. It shows how fast and amazing the Golden Eagles of Altai really are. How targeted they are and how they fly directly to their master. We were impressed, we hope you are too.


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