Cormorants have been used in China for centuries to help fishermen land themselves a catch. Though once a thriving industry, today the tradition of cormorant fishing is more commonly used to entertain tourists who watch enthralled as the tamed birds dive below the water, returning again and again with fish in their mouths. More on the photo, and the photographer after the jump...
This fantastic shot by photographer Yang Hai was taken on Erhai Lake in Dali and the unusual angle captures beautifully the graceful bird presenting its trophy to its master.
Yang Hai started taking photographs in 2005 and through his work aims to present the complex relationship between social, environmental and human activities using innovative perspectives and realistic techniques. His images, many of which focus on Chinese traditional culture and local customs, are moving in a way that has both a very strong visual impact and artistic appeal. This shot came to us by way of the Ctrip China Travel Photo Contest but if you'd like to see more from Yang Hai, head to his nophotochina Flickr photostream.
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