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May 2009 - River Li China
Images like this can be found in Guilin, in the Chinese province of Guangxi. Old men sit patiently on a bamboo raft with their cormorants.
Cormorants are diving aquatic birds that have been used for centuries along the Li River, a shallow river. Cormorants can hold their breath for long periods of time and proudly swim back to the fisherman with their catch and are rewarded with a treat of some small fish. A band is fastened around the bird's slender neck so they can't swallow the larger fish they catch.
Today cormorant fishing is mainly for the tourists who now "catch" photos of these intriguing birds and the gentle old men. The men give daytime and nighttime performances along the river.