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This Incredible Photo Of A Baby Weasel Riding A Woodpecker Is Straight Out Of A Children’s Fantasy Book

East London resident Martin Le-May captured this incredible photo of a baby weasel on the back of a green woodpecker in Esssex, England, on Monday.

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  • Woodpecker spotted mid-flight at Hornchurch Country Park in east London with brown weasel clinging to its back
  • Stunning image captured by photographer Martin Le-May, who said small mammal pounced on green woodpecker 
  • Mr Le-May, 52, who enjoys photography as a hobby, said the response to the photograph had been ‘mind-blowing’

However, the weasel was attacking the chicken. Thankfully, the chicken escaped. East London resident Martin Le-May possibly captured this outstanding photograph of a baby weasel on the back of a inexperienced woodpecker in…

However, the weasel was attacking the chicken. Thankfully, the chicken escaped.

East London resident Martin Le-May possibly captured this outstanding photograph of a baby weasel on the back of a inexperienced woodpecker in Esssex, England, on Monday.

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It’s a picture of a weasel attempting to eliminate a woodpecker.

Le-May possibly, a hobby photographer, was having a walk with his spouse by way of the Hornchurch State Park in east London in the hopes of her observing a green woodpecker for the first time.

In an electronic mail to BuzzFeed Information he explained what we’re contacting “The Thrilling Tale of The Woodpecker and The Weasel”:

“As we walked we heard a distressed squawking and I noticed that flash of environmentally friendly. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the fowl and it settled into the grass driving a couple of modest silver birch trees. Both equally of us trained our binoculars and it transpired that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a scorching surface area.

Tons of wing flapping exhibiting that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just just after I switched from my binoculars to my digital camera the fowl flew throughout us and slightly in our way quickly it was noticeable it had a smaller mammal on its again and this was a wrestle for life.

The woodpecker landed in entrance of us and I feared the worst. I guess while our existence, perhaps twenty five meters absent, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the chance and flew up and absent into some bushes absent to our remaining. Immediately the chicken collected its self regard and flew up into the trees and absent from our sight.

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The woodpecker still left with its everyday living. The weasel just disappeared into the very long grass, hungry.”

‘I decided to pick my camera up to have a look and just as I picked up the camera it flew off so I just started snapping at it as it came across in front of us.’

It was at that point Mr Le-May said he noticed the small animal on the back of the bird and realised it was either a stoat or a weasel.

He said: ‘I said to my wife: “It has something on its back and I think it’s a stoat or weasel”.

Mr Le-May, 52, (pictured) who enjoys photography as a hobby, said the response to the action photograph had been 'outstanding' and 'absolutely mind-blowing'

Mr Le-May, 52, (pictured) who enjoys photography as a hobby, said the response to the action photograph had been ‘outstanding’ and ‘absolutely mind-blowing’

‘The bird landed about 20 metres in front of us and I said to my wife that there’s a chance this weasel could eat the woodpecker.

‘But as we walked towards it, I think we distracted the weasel and the woodpecker flew off back into the bushes where it had originally come from. It initially settled down on the grass but then a few seconds later it flew off into the trees.

‘We walked further up to where it had all happened and couldn’t see any sign of the weasel so I assume it had ran back off into the grass, hungry.’

‘It looked as good as it could have considering it had just escaped being eaten by a weasel.’

Mr Le-May said he had never taken a photograph quite like the one he captured of the woodpecker and said the response had been ‘absolutely mind-blowing’.

He added: ‘I did get quite excited, I must admit. You look at it and your first reaction is “ooh I’ve taken a picture” and then the second thought is “I’ve taken a picture of a woodpecker with a weasel on its back”. It’s quite outstanding.

‘I think Ann was quite excited to see a woodpecker and see it in the context of being attacked by a weasel and then quite excited that my photograph has been seen by more than a million people.

‘I personally think I’ve taken photos of better quality before, but they don’t have any drama in. I’ve not taken anything like this before.

‘For over a million people to see your work is quite mind-blowing and outstanding.’

Richard James, a wildlife advisor for the RSPB, said: ‘These are an incredible set of images.

‘Weasels are ferocious predators and often attack prey much larger than themselves.

‘In this case the weasel appears to have targeted the woodpecker due to the fact the green woodpeckers often spend a lot of on the ground eating ants so is very susceptible to attack.

‘If this had been a weaker bird I’m sure the attack would have been successful but this woodpecker was strong enough to take flight with the weasel on his back.

‘It was pretty fortunate to escape.

‘Green woodpeckers are relatively common but to see it in a mid-air battle like this is incredibly unusual.

‘This is truly a one-in-a-million shot.’

 

 

This Incredible Photo Of A Baby Weasel Riding A Woodpecker Is Straight Out Of A Children’s Fantasy Book

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