The Cormorant Fishermen of Xingping (2 of 2)
Chinese fishermen are smart. Why go through the hassle of actually catching the fish yourself when you can have birds do it for you?! Each fisherman has a couple trusty Cormorants perched on their bamboo raft ready to dive into the river at the first sign of a fish. The cormorants have a snare tied to the base of their throats to prevent them from swallowing their hard-earned catch. When they come back to the raft, the fishermen just pull the fish out of their throats and dinner is served. It is a bit sad, but the birds do get fed in the end so I guess it all works out. Here is a picture of the bird after having caught a fish and futilely attempting to swallow it for the 100th time. They're great at catching fish, but they get tricked every time.