Bird Catch

Untold Stories

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

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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.

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