Mr. Huang is a 74 year old cormorant fisherman who works the Li River at Xingping Fishing Village, in Guangxi, China. This week I made my fourth trip to XIngping and I have to say, it gets better each time. The light at dusk was amazing and old Mr. Huang really knows how to work the camera!

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!

The Li River in remote Guangxi Province.

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