Country Living Series

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One in a zillion photo

Have you seen this yet? It's been making the rounds of the internet:


It's exactly what it looks like: a weasel on the back of a flying woodpecker. And no, by all accounts it's not photoshopped.

The caption I've seen is as follows:

A remarkable photo has captured a weasel on a woodpecker's back as the bird flies through the air. The photographer, Martin Le-May from Essex, said he "feared the worst" for the green bird after hearing "distressed squawking" during its struggle with the mammal at Hornchurch Country Park. After Le-May managed to capture the incredible image -- which has become a hit on Twitter since it was taken -- the creature managed to escape with its life. Picture: Martin Le-May

Kudos, Mr. Le-May. That was a one-in-a-zillion shot.

6 comments:

  1. Giant woodpecker? Dwarf weasel? Nah, size correlation doesn't add up for this one.

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  2. According to BBC wildlife expert Lucy Cooke the female weasel weighs as much as a candy bar and the green woodpecker is a ground feeder. Apparently the female weasel is fearless and is not averse to attacking an animal larger than itself. What an amazing photo!!

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  3. I'm relieved to hear the bird weaseled its way out.

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  4. I doubt if it had ever been airborn before!

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  5. When I saw this picture, I thought, "awww, isn't that cute."

    But as soon as I realized that the "hitchhiker" was a weasel, I knew what happened. Weasels are ruthless. This one tried to bite off more than it could chew!

    What a shot.

    Just Me

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  6. What is the airspeed velocity of a laden woodpecker?

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