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Chinese Fishing using Cormorants

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2 Photos of Fisherman & his Cormorants

The Fisherman on the River Li in Guilin, South East China use Cormorants when fishing .
Method
They go out at night in a long, narrow bamboo rafts with a lantern shining on the water .
The Cormorants hunt for fish in the illuminated water, then dive in to get the fish.
The bird is restricted from swallowing the fish by a band around its neck to prevent any expanding throat.
So the bird returns to the surface with the fish in its beak & the fisherman takes the fish from the bird.
The fishermen feed small pieces of fish to the birds after the fishing trip & look after their Cormorants

This was the old traditional method of fishing, but it only continues for the tourists now

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:17.0-85.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Jun 2006 - 6:25 AM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100, 100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Chinese Fishing using Cormorants
Username:brian17302 brian17302
Uploaded:16 Mar 2013 - 11:58 AM
Tags:China, Fishing, Guilin, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 12:00 PM

A great image and an amazing storyGrinGrin

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 - 12:10 PM

Wonderful images. Great write up as well. IB

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
16 Mar 2013 - 12:52 PM

I would not have believed your story had I not seen these amazing photos Brian !! Excellent story and images - and those mountains at the back are stunning Smile

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 1:16 PM

This is a fantastic story Brian, how amazing this is, love the story and a fine image's too...John

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capto
capto e2 Member 21049 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 2:27 PM

Love the image and the story.Smile

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Brian65
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16 Mar 2013 - 3:34 PM

Great shots and info Brian, thanks.
Brian

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pablophotographer

V2 for me. Thanks for uploading and telling us about this fishing method.

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 5:21 PM

A beautiful image and an incredible story about this fishing method!
George

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 5:27 PM

Great info & image,

Ali

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bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 1bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 5:52 PM

A great story and lovely pictures.

Bob

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33063 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 6:36 PM

Two quite remarkable images...

Nathan

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 7:07 PM

Super shots but don't think I like this way of fishing but I'm really fascinated by his pipe.
Ju

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2013 - 11:15 AM

Lovely and unusual portrait.
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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2013 - 12:32 PM

Thanks for all votes & comments
Regards Brian

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anand_lepcha
22 May 2013 - 3:25 PM

I luv this shot nicely composition,, Beautiful..

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
24 May 2013 - 4:20 PM

Great shots - I photographed this very man on the Li River at Yangshou and we went out at night in an accompanying boat to see him in action - he also appeared on Paul Merton's China documentary a year or two back.
I suspect he now makes more money from being photographed than from selling fish!
Tony

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