In the mountainous regions of the Kirghis Republic, in the Soviet Union, man has teamed with wild birds of prey in an extraordinary study of nature.
CU Hooded falcon and man with falcon. (2 shots)
SV Riders through mountainous country and across stream.
SV Falcon flies and alights on handler's glove.
SV AND CU Falcon released, flies off and catches prey.
SV Rider dismounts, approaches falcon and retrieves prey. (2 shots)
SV Men on horse-back carrying falcons.
SV Riders approaching huts at falconry school.
SV Hooded falcon on man's arm.
SV Falcon in flight.
SCU Captured pigeon being ringed.
SV Riders carrying falcons.
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Background: In the mountainous regions of the Kirghis Republic, in the Soviet Union, man has teamed with wild birds of prey in an extraordinary study of nature.
Eagles, hawks and falcons have been used for centuries to hunt wild animals, but now a naturalist, Mr. Gennady Demenchuk, has pioneered a method of using hawks to catch migratory birds for study of their breeding habits. The birds are ringed and then set free.
Eagles are considered the most effective hunters with catches ranging from the smallest field mouse to young goats and foxes. Once a bird has been trained, it becomes a very valuable asset to the hunters in the Tien Shan Mountains. On the open market a good eagle could a whole camel or a flock of sheep.
When released the bird of prey normally climbs for altitude before turning and charging its prey. It strikes with clenched talons, killing on impact. The speed of the bird's power dive is estimated at anything up to 180 miles (289 Kms) per hour.