Woodpecker Takes Weasel On the Ride of Its Life

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air.  The photograph was taken at the Hornchurch County Park in east London.

Le-May and his wife were enjoying a leisurely walk in the park when they heard a squawking sound.  The couple was stunned to witness a ferocious tussle between a green woodpecker and a weasel.  Then something amazing happened:  the woodpecker took flight with the weasel on its back.  The weasel was not using the woodpecker for transport, but was actually after a tasty meal.

A weasel???


The weasel hopped on to the back of the woodpecker.  Thankfully Le-May had his camera handy and took some amazing photos for the world to see.


This is not the story of a great friendship.  The woodpecker is distressed.  Weasels raid the birds’ homes for their next meal.


This bird wasn’t about to give in easily.  The rumble continued after they landed, but sensing Le-May and his wife in the distance distracted the two.


The woodpecker escaped unharmed and the weasel ran off into the thick of the grass. Park authorities say “He was just in the right place at the right time, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime photo.” We think it’s nature at its best.

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