These amazing photographs capture nomads herding hundreds of sheep back to their spring pastures in an annual migration.
Snapper Andy Williams, 56, from New York, traveled to western Mongolia to take pictures of the annual event from the air.
The drone pilot first flew to the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, before moving to the city of Ölgii and meeting a family of nomads near the small town of Sagsai.
Over the coming days, Andy traveled 93 miles along the traditional migration routes with the family and their livestock, sheep, goats, yaks, cows, horses, and camels.
The Mongolian herders have lived a nomadic lifestyle for thousands of years. They hunt with their golden eagles and tend to their herds of livestock. As for changing locations, they might divide between 3-4 locations annually.
Andy said: “Travelling through some of the most beautiful winter landscapes, we were able to document all aspects of migration, the animals, the families, and their interactions.
“We made our way across tundra-like plains, on or around frozen lakes and rivers, and through mountain passes.”
“The conditions were severe during winter, with temperatures reaching – 30C in the morning.
“The family kept the sheep from giving birth during the journey to their new home, but along the way, four lambs were born.
The other sheep only survived because the herdsman placed the lamb sheltered by his coat.
“At the end of the journey, they gave us a huge dinner celebration inside their home, to celebrate them making it through another migration.
“I personally found this an amazing experience, to get to know these people and their ways of life, and the struggles they must endure to tend their livestock and live their lives.”