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.


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

  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!!

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

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

  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

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