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    Posted October 25, 2012 by
    ExpatGames
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    Xingping, Guangxi, China
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Travel photo of the day

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ExpatGames captured this photo of a cormorant fisherman in the Xingping Fishing Village in China. Cormorant fishing is an age-old method where fishermen train cormorants to catch fish in lakes and rivers. "I've seen a few of these shots of the cormorant fishermen over the years and wanted to put my own twist on it. The light from the lanterns and the karst mountain backdrop is very dramatic," he says. "This was actually a difficult shot to get. I'd been trying for years to be at the right place and right time. We were able to pull off this dusk shot at the last minute." This image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for March 6, 2013.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    A Cormorant fisherman on the Li River - Xingping Fishing Village, Guangxi, China.

     

    Cormorant fishing is a dying art. For thousands of years fishermen have used trained cormorants to fish the rivers and lakes of China.

     

    The fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird's throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but they can still swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up.

     

    Alas, it's primary use today is to serve as photo ops for the tourism industry... lucky for me.

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