Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Yes, that really is a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker!

To quote from the Daily Telegraph:
The remarkable shot was taken yesterday by Martin Le-May while he was walking with his wife through Hornchurch Country Park in Havering, London.  The pair heard “distressed squawking” before witnessing the woodpecker’s “struggle for life” as the weasel clung to its back.  ... The birdappeared to be “unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface” before it flew in their direction.  The colourful bird eventually landed about 25 metres from the couple.

At that point the weasel fell off the woodpecker, which flew into the trees.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I saw this photo on Facebook. What an incredible thing to see and even more incredible that they managed to photograph it! Really glad the woodpecker got away (I know, the natural order and things but I'm still glad ...)