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 effectively prevents them from swallowing larger fish, although they can still swallow some smaller fish. When a cormorant catches a fish, the fisherman will bring the bird back to the boat and have the bird spit it up.
There aren't many practicing cormorant fisherman left these days, but a few, such as Mr. Huang and his 83 year old brother, still make a good living serving the tourism industry... by posing for memorable travel shots like this. Mr. Huang first began working with photographers back i the 70's!
ChinaPhotoTours.com takes photographers to amazing locations across China, such as this great spot on The Li River in remote Guangxi Province.