fishing is for the birds

 

cormorant fishing

fisherman retrieves caught fish

yet bird feels hungry

 

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“ukai” traditional cormorant fishing – image from Memolition

 

Cormorant fishing is a method of fishing in which the bird has a snare attached to the base of its throat. When the cormorant catches a large fish, it is unable to swallow it and the fisherman extracts it from the bird’s throat. The bird can swallow small fish, however. The process is repeated, over and over again. This traditional method of fishing, over one thousand years old in Japan and China, inspired many haiku.

(information from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and Wikipedia)