May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

Bird Feeders

Photograph by Abderazak Tissoukai, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Abderazak Tissoukai was near Xingping in China’s Guanxi region when he captured this picture of a cormorant fisherman at sunset. “Xingping is definitely one the most beautiful places in China, with its scenic karst landscapes [and] traditional and genuine people,” he writes. Curious to learn more about the local practice of cormorant fishing—in which trained birds with snared throats capture fish they’re unable to swallow—Tissoukai took a high-speed train from Zhuhai to Xingping to shoot fishermen on the Li River. “I wanted a complete, iconic definition of cormorant fishing,” he writes.

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12 comments
SockFoon MacDougall
SockFoon MacDougall

Excellent shot. I love the way the lantern lights up the old fisherman's face and the iconic hills in the background. Bravo.

Linda Creel
Linda Creel

It's almost like a camera shouldn't/couldn't even exist in that landscape - I had to remind myself that someone took this magical picture. 

Louise Dukes
Louise Dukes

@Linda Creel I had completely forgotten that this was actually a photograph and someone was really there to take it until I read your comment. Hehe. I guess it's just the kind of picture that you get easily lost in. :)

Michael Angelo  Benigno
Michael Angelo Benigno

Nice shot! The birds seem to be the guards of the fisherman. 

Are there videos of actual conduct of the cormorant fishing? So interested to seem some. :)

Anyways, a great masterpiece! Kudos!

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