Bird Catch

Skarvefiskerne gjør seg klar til kveldens gangst

Skarver hviler ut på taket av båter før de skal ut og fange fisk

En skarvefisker drar ut på elven Li for kveldens fangst

Skarvefiskerne gjør seg klar til kveldens gangst


Skarver sitter på båtrellingen og venter på å kaste seg i elven

Morgenstemning langs elven Li

Along the river of Li in the Guangxi province in China traditional fisheries are still very much alive. Just outside the small village of Yangshuo the fishermen on their bamboo rafts prepare for the night’s catch. They put baskets with a handful of cormorants in the middle of the raft and start to tighten the birds’ necks with a straw. Because it’s the cormorants that do the work for the local fishermen, but to make sure they don’t eat the catch themselves the throat is bound together. Then the fishermen disappear down the river that flows through this gorgeous scenery of limestone rocks and lush hillsides. Next morning the reappear a long the shores of Yangshuo with their catch – as they have done for hundreds of years.


16 Responses to “Bird Catch”

  1. we have cormorants on the river, and i was thinking of this not long ago!

    that final image is so serene! ah! the awakening world!

  2. […] Along the river of Li in the Guangxi province in China traditional fisheries are still very much alive. On this beautiful river that flows through a gorgeous scenery of limestone rocks and lush hillsides cormorants are used for catching the fish. This is a tradition that has been passed down through generations over hundreds of years. For more pictures go to Øystein & Otto’s Blog. […]

  3. Very nice photos…the Li River is beautiful and you did a wonderful job showing the life of the traditional fishermen.

  4. Flotte bilder fra elvefiske! Jeg var i Yangshou område for bare fire uker siden ; ) Fasinerende og fantastisk vakkert landskap. Du tok vel også båten fra Guilin til Yangshou?

  5. I saw that! Your photograph of the lone fisherman quietly slipping away is gorgeous . There is children’s book titled Ping about a curious young bird that slips away from his family and gets caught by a fisherman. After a night of adventure he gets reunited with his family on the river. The story has been read to three generations in my family.

  6. That final photo is breathtaking! Beautiful! I wasn’t previously familiar with this tradition of using the cormorants for fishing. I’m a little torn with the method simply because it sounds a bit cruel, but I’m not critical of a tradition that dates back centuries and is part of the fishermen’s history and survival. It’s just a modern-day reaction. I’m utterly fascinated with the way people around the world maintain survival traditions and I’m very appreciative of the way you bring these small stories to me, adding to my awareness.

  7. It’s still the most stunning shot. What a grand finale. 🙂

  8. Interesting story, great photos.

  9. hello, there… the life of the fishermen have always fascinated me – the cooperative way of setting the boat to sail and docking it, the rough ways in the open sea and how they tame the waves. or, are tamed by them… also, the kind of hoping that fisherfolks and their families have – when catches are plenty and when they are scarce… and yet, they go on back again. it must be a continuing and interesting series of struggle, where and when only the wind is one’s friend… 🙂 oh, i rattled and prattled, pardon me. 😉

    great captures, thanks for sharing. kind regards… ~san

  10. wait. ☺ i hope the bird workers get paid well & i hope the tied neck does not hurt them at all. does it?
    ~as always, beautiful images…♥

  11. Amazing – I was here in 1986 (in a VERY different China!!!) – I did not see this – but admired the countrylife and the fantastic landscape…

  12. Hello all, here every person is sharing these experience, therefore it’s fastidious to read this webpage, and I used to visit this web site everyday.

  13. What an awful tradition.

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