An ancient tradition
A cormorant fisherman on a bamboo raft readies a cast net at sunrise on the Li River in Xinping,Yangshuo County, China. The beautiful karst mountains of this area are in the background and a couple more fishermen can be seen in the distance. Cormorant fishing is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years in China, but these days it is practised mostly for the tourist trade. A couple of cormorants are drying their wings on the raft. The air had a high level of particulate pollution (an ongoing problem in many areas of China) that desaturated the colours.
Linda, the purpose was for the cormorants to dive down and catch fish (which they are very good at) and bring them up to the fisherman and then both the cormorants and the fishermen get to eat the fish with the birds doing most of the work (kind of like an aquatic version of bird dogs, with the dogs catching the birds rather than the hunter shooting them)
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From Guilin cormorants