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Grey Butcherbirds are aggressive predators. They prey on small animals, including birds, lizards and insects, as well as some fruits and seeds. Uneaten food may be stored in the fork or a branch or impaled. Grey Butcherbirds sit on an open perch searching for prey which, once sighted, they pounce on. Most mobile prey is caught on the ground, though small birds and insects may be caught in flight. Feeding normally takes place alone, in pairs or in small family groups. At Kanyana these guys are quite robust and aggressive. You look at a hunter like this and you can see where raptors developed from. Well, unless you are a fan of "intelligent design" that is.

5 Comments on "Butcherbird"

  • Peter // 2005-09-10 14:29:48

    Well, that is a pretty serious portrait of a seriously heavy guy. Really nice shot. I am amazed by the beautifully organized DOF. Congrats.
  • Jessy // 2005-09-11 04:22:16

    I think your stuff just looks horrible... haven't seend anything this bad for a while.... are you sure you put love into your work???
  • Bob // 2005-09-11 05:19:10

    What great detail!! I have been enjoying this recent series of pics very much!!
  • Beilby // 2005-09-11 21:46:34

    Thanks for the comments Peter and Bob.
    Jessy - what an obvious and lame troll. However, I am impressed with the "are you sure you put love into your work?" That's actually really funny. But no link to your work, what gives? Where's the love? Come on my girl, spread it around - we want the love!
  • Beilby // 2005-09-11 21:49:31

    Oh and Bob, please please please fix your URL - I have been dieing to visit your site, but I can't work out what the correct address is.

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