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This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31711446

What an amazing picture. A woodpecker flying with a weasel on its back.
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

Yes, agreed. The most amazing thing is that the wood-pecker survived. Weasels are the fiercest of creatures, and perfect killing machines. So so cute though- I've had several encounters in the wild- and they are gorgeous animals.
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:41
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

Fantastic photo! I didn't realise how small weasels are!
Or are woodpeckers bigger than I thought?
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Old 03.03.2015, 20:44
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

It's magical! Like something from a fairy tale.
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

Pine and beech martens (marte and fouine) are 10x the size- but yes, weasels are very small and thin- but not afraid to go after prey much larger than them.
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

"Looks like I got away with that one"

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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

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So so cute though- I've had several encounters in the wild- and they are gorgeous animals.
Woodpeckers or weasels?
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

Both- we have many Great Spotted woodpeckers who feed on the peanut nets we put out for the birds- fabulous colours, white, red and black, The green wood pecker in the photo was very common in our East Leics garden. I've met many weasels on my country walks, and they re very curious. The best sight ever was when waiting for a bus with a friend, very early in the morning in Tignes (ski resort France) one July. We heard such a racket and behind us, feeding on rubbish that has fallen from a street bin, a mum and 6 young- totally oblivious to our presence. Loads here in limestone country- with all our natural stone walls acting as weasel and martens 'motorways'.

The Royals of course prefered them in their winter colour, aka ermine!

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Fantastic photo! I didn't realise how small weasels are!
Or are woodpeckers bigger than I thought?
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Both- we have many Great Spotted woodpeckers who feed on the peanut nets we put out for the birds- fabulous colours, white, red and black, The green wood pecker in the photo was very common in our East Leics garden.

The Royals of course prefered them in their winter colour, aka ermine!

http://youtu.be/UfqzRIr7AUQ
What a cutie
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Re: This has to be THE wildlife photograph of the year

No, this is the wild life photo of the year; but where is the cowboy hat?
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Fantastic photo! I didn't realise how small weasels are!
Or are woodpeckers bigger than I thought?
The article says the females are about the size of a Mars bar so quite small, but will easily go for a rabbit so I guess a woodpecker isn't really much different.
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What a cutie
That is the lesser spotted- the great spotted is a bit bigger (true). Greater spotted has a big patch of red under the tail too.

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The article says the females are about the size of a Mars bar so quite small, but will easily go for a rabbit so I guess a woodpecker isn't really much different.
About "the size of a Mars bar " Which year, which country?
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