The Great Grey Shrike crucifying it's prey by Duncan Usher (9 images)

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A ruthless bird crucifies its prey on the thorns of a branch - which then act as skewers as the predator tears them apart.

The great grey shrike, nicknamed the 'Butcher Bird', swoops upon his prey and kills them before spiking them on thorns to save for future meals.

When he returns to the branch, the shrike rips his dinner limb from limb - as the thorn holds the rodents and birds in place.

These images were captured by nature photographer Duncan Usher...
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