Photos, Framed and Matted, Asian Man Fishing with His Cormorant Birds.

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Photos, Two, Framed and Matted, Asian Man Paddling A Raft With His Cormorant Birds, To His Favourite Fishing Hole, On A Early Foggy Morning.

 

Humans have used cormorants' fishing skills in various places in the world. Archaeological evidence suggests that cormorant fishing was practised in Ancient Egypt, Peru, Korea and India, but the strongest tradition has remained in China and Japan, where it reached a commercial-scale level in some areas.

In a common technique, a snare is tied near the base of the bird's throat, which allows the bird only to swallow small fish. When the bird captures and tries to swallow a large fish, the fish is caught in the bird's throat. When the bird returns to the fisherman's raft, the fisherman helps the bird to remove the fish from its throat. The method is not as common today, since more efficient methods of catching fish have been developed, but is still practised as a cultural tradition.

Cormorants and shags are medium-to-large birds, with body weight in the range of 0.35–5 kilograms (0.77–11.02 lb) and a wingspan of 45–100 centimetres (18–39 in). The majority of species have dark feathers. The bill is long, thin and hooked. Their feet have webbing between all four toes. All species are fish-eaters, catching the prey by diving from the surface. They are excellent divers, and underwater they propel themselves with their feet with help from their wings; some cormorant species have been found to dive as deep as 45 metres (150 ft). They have relatively short wings due to their need for economical movement underwater, and consequently, have the highest flight costs of any flying bird.

Item Code - VIS16B240HAE

Width: 21 1/4"  [each]  Height: 17 1/4"  [each]  Depth: 3/4"  [each]

Weight: 1.745 kg  [each]


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