Amateur photographer Martin Le-May managed to capture a remarkable photo of a Weasel and a Woodpecker at Hornchurch Country Park in East London. The Weasel and Woodpecker photo become a hit on Twitter because the shot was not ordinary. The weasel was riding on the back of a woodpecker as the bird flies through the air.

Weasel and Woodpecker Photo

Martin Le-May managed to capture this incredible image of a weasel on a woodpecker’s back as the bird flies through the air.

According to Mr. Le-May, “It was a sunny afternoon, with the occasional cloud making the Hornchurch Country Park seem that grey brown dull winter colour even though it was the 2nd March. My wife, Ann, and I had gone for a walk. I had hoped that she might see a green woodpecker as she has not really seen one before. As we walked we heard a distressed squawking and I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white color interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.

The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 meters away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self-respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight. The woodpecker left with its life, the weasel just disappeared into the long grass, hungry”.

He took several shots, some blurred, of the unusual event.



The woodpecker just managed to escape and the weasel disappeared into the long grass, hungry“, Mr Le-May said on Twitter.

Now the question that needs to be answered, is the Weasel and Woodpecker Photo real or photoshopped?

In an interview, Wildlife expert Lucy Cooke said, “This is a truly extraordinary image. The green woodpecker is a ground-feeding bird, but weasels normally attack rabbits. The woodpecker is not its usual prey. But weasels are fearless. A female weasel weighs less than a Mars Bar but is as ferocious as a lion, so this is why the woodpecker would have been able to take off with it on its back“.

Meanwhile, Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall agrees that while highly unusual it is not totally unheard of and has “no reason to doubt” the photo. He compared the woodpecker to other animals like leaf cutter ants and rhino beetles, which can carry 850 times their body weight. He said, “The weasel is pretty fascinating as well. It can kill things much bigger than itself, so it’s an impressive little creature when you think about its size“.

One lucky woodpecker or the weasel wasn’t hungry or maybe just a baby who needs a ride 🙂 In short, this is an amazing shot!

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