A cormorant fisherman on the Li River in Xingping Fishing Village, Guangxi, China. This is the third shot in a series of four environmental portraits of these guys.

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

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

There aren't many real cormorant fisherman left these days, but a few still make a good living serving the tourism industry... by posing for memorable travel shots like this.

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