Is the picture of a weasel on a woodpecker real?

Is the picture of a weasel on a woodpecker real?

The photo of the weasel riding a woodpecker is not real. It’s hard not to question the veracity of this image. You mumble “photoshop” as you look at it.

How do you photograph green woodpeckers?

Having pecked rapidly at the ground a number of times it sits back looks around, looks up and around looking out from predators, and in particular birds of prey. To photograph it you need to have a good hiding place with no lights behind you, often indoors and to only move when it has its head in the ground.

Are weasels real?

Weasels are small mammals with long bodies and necks, short legs and small heads. They are closely related to ermine, ferrets, polecats and minks — all members of the Mustela genus — and are in the same family (Mustelids) as badgers, wolverines and otters.

Do birds ride other birds?

Though, as was posted yesterday, hummingbirds do not ride geese (or any other species) south during migration, sometimes a bird will briefly catch a ride on another bird. Both times it is assumed that the smaller birds were seeking to drive away the hawk. …

How do weasels catch birds?

They hunt by swaying their heads from side to side to pick up the scent of their prey. Weasels have been seen to jump in the air to catch birds and jump on them to immobilize them before biting their neck to kill them with one bite.

Are weasels evil?

In addition to being opportunists, weasels often wrangle more food than they can eat in a single sitting, likely because of their high metabolisms. This behavior led the carnivores to be labeled as especially vicious and bloodthirsty murderers. Their “devious” behavior may be a result of their high intelligence.

Can a weasel ride on the back of a woodpecker?

Can weasels fly? According to an image captured by amateur photographer Martin Le-May, they can if they hitch a ride on the back of a woodpecker. The picture shows a least weasel (Mustela nivalis) clutching on the back of a European green woodpecker (Picus viridis), likely as a result of a predatory attack gone awry.

What kind of animal would attack a woodpecker?

I soon realised it was a woodpecker with some kind of small mammal on its back.” Weasels don’t typically prey on woodpeckers, but according to wildlife expert Lucy Cooke, the weasel is “fearless” and will often attack animals larger than itself.

What’s the signature move of the least weasel?

“The least weasel’s signature move is to sever the spinal cord of its prey with a bite to the neck, which is exactly what we’re seeing in the photo,” said Mizejewski. While the photo itself is amazing, Mizejewski said the truly wonderful thing is that the Le-May was there to document it.

What kind of food does a green woodpecker eat?

Mizejewski said European green woodpeckers feed on ants, which means they spend a lot of time on the ground. This type of foraging behavior makes the birds vulnerable to attack from predators—in this case, a hungry weasel.