【 UMIU (JapaneseCormorant) 】
( Scientific name: Phalacrocorax capillatus )
From mid fall to early winter, Japanese Cormorants migrate to Amami. They are often seen gathering on the rocks in the shallows, on mud flats or in mangrove forests. Since they are a water bird, they have webbed feet and dive for fish. Their feathers are blackish and their size is much bigger than a crow. The tip of their beak is hooked.
When you are fishing at a seaside, you may happen to notice a cormorant dive at a spot. Then, you will be surprized to find it emerge at a very distant place after a few minutes. It's amazing how far and fast they can dive. They are often seen spreading and drying their wet wings on rocks after diving.
Cormorant fishermen tame and train Japanese Cormorants to catch ayu (sweetfish). Master cormorant fishermen in the Nagara River, Gifu Prefecture, are the most renowned.