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Reader photo: A split second after leaving its perch, a Northern Shrike stands still in the air

Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor), Nanaimo Estuary, British Columbia, November 12, 2014, 1:41 p.m., by Steve Large
Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor), Nanaimo Estuary, British Columbia, November 12, 2014, 1:41 p.m., by Steve Large

Shrikes are often referred to as butcher birds for their habit of impaling prey on thorns. Thanks to Steve Large, who posted this picture to the BirdWatching Magazine group on the photo-sharing site Flickr, we can also call them bullet birds.

Steve Large
Steve Large

Large is a seventh-degree martial arts instructor who has operated a taekwondo school in Nanaimo, British Columbia, for the past 25 years. He credits his father with inspiring him to appreciate nature. He began photographing wildlife about eight years ago and frequently shoots at the Nanaimo Estuary, the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and Boundary Bay in southern British Columbia.

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