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Chinese Fishing using Cormorants

By brian17302  
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

Tags: Fishing Photo journalism China Landscape and travel Guilin

Voters: ColleenA, Chinga, Derek_Fearn and 31 more

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Comments


ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
16 Mar 2013 12:00PM
A great image and an amazing storyGrinGrin

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Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 12:10PM
Wonderful images. Great write up as well. IB
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
16 Mar 2013 12:52PM
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
johnke 3 223 15
16 Mar 2013 1:16PM
This is a fantastic story Brian, how amazing this is, love the story and a fine image's too...John
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 2:27PM
Love the image and the story.Smile

ivor
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 3:34PM
Great shots and info Brian, thanks.
Brian
pablophotographer 5 664 269
16 Mar 2013 4:37PM
V2 for me. Thanks for uploading and telling us about this fishing method.

Voted
16 Mar 2013 5:21PM
A beautiful image and an incredible story about this fishing method!
George
ali63 Plus
4 753 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 5:27PM
Great info & image,

Ali
User_Removed 4 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 5:52PM
A great story and lovely pictures.

Bob
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 6:36PM
Two quite remarkable images...

Nathan
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 7:07PM
Super shots but don't think I like this way of fishing but I'm really fascinated by his pipe.
Ju
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
23 Mar 2013 11:15AM
Lovely and unusual portrait.
Rende
23 Mar 2013 12:32PM
Thanks for all votes & comments
Regards Brian
I luv this shot nicely composition,, Beautiful..
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
24 May 2013 4:20PM
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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