"Hah - love the workout plan. Excellent ideas. I don't see any reason why you couldn't make it work. You come to Asia for dogs, hawks, eagles, or falcons, and I will see you on horseback there!
"I've not seen any real dark sakers yet. But lots of very light colored ones. We banded four fledglings at a nest last week, I'll be sure to send pictures as soon as I can download them. I also climbed into my first-ever Golden Eagle nest. It was wonderful - two 3-4 week old eaglets, a clear male and female. You better believe I've got a picture of that! We also saw, in Dundgobi aimag, a clear-as-day Houbara bustard. I don't think they've ever been noted this far east before - we were astonished. The purpose of my last stint in the Gobi was to help but satellite transmitters on five Cinereous Vulture adults, to mark exactly where they migrate to (they've been spotted in South Korea). I thought eagles were big - these are 22lb birds, though surprisingly laid-back once captured. Although they are prone to regurgitate - I now know what it is like to get a splat of fermented goat innards on me!
"I'm just back in Olgii now, ready to head to the countryside to visit Alema [Her eagle-- SB] . I can't recall if I told you, but she started nest building by the perch, and laid eggs! She has spent the last month on her "nest" instead of the perch. I could not believe it - for a two year old (I'm pretty sure) eagle trapped in October!
"Re: Canat's offer for your pickup - that's great! [He once told me he would trade a camel, a horse and saddle, an eagle, and a negotiable amount of sheep for my King-Cab 4 X4 F-150 pickup-- catch being I would pay all costs shipping both ways across the Bering Straits!-SB] I can picture him saying that too. I had a herder offer to give me his horse for my binoculars (just run-off-the-mill Bushnells). He said, "I can always get another horse, but those are one-of-a-kind".
"Thank you for the update and all the details. I really like hearing how you both are doing. When you wrote, "I am beginning to think that giving up on the life of adventure is premature" I smiled really big. Damn straight."
All photos by Lauren but the last, by Andrey Kovalenko.