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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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Votes:34
Voters:ColleenA · Chinga · Derek_Fearn · Fotofunguy · Jat_Riski · Hermanus · NaturesHaven · johnke · morpheus1955 · marcb103 · capto · gwynn56 · Brian65 · DeSilver · photowanderer · pablophotographer · GeorgePlatis · ali63 · HuddersfieldHil · User_Removed · NDODS · JuBarney · jennialexander · Alda · PhillipMinnis · tomcat · Tish1 · mauriceegan · Rende · pamelajean · simon_collins · uzi35mm · anand_lepcha · TonyDy ·
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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 3302 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
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16 Mar 2013 - 12:10 PM

Wonderful images. Great write up as well. IB

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Hermanus
Hermanus  3 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  2223 forum posts South Africa15 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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16 Mar 2013 - 2:27 PM

Love the image and the story.Smile

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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
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16 Mar 2013 - 5:21 PM

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

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ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 5:27 PM

Great info & image,

Ali

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16 Mar 2013 - 5:52 PM

A great story and lovely pictures.

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NDODS Plus Member 44238 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom115 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 6:36 PM

Two quite remarkable images...

Nathan

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JuBarney
JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 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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23 Mar 2013 - 11:15 AM

Lovely and unusual portrait.
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brian17302
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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
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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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