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joy ride
3rd Mar 2015, 08:17
Woodpecker shown flying with weasel on its back in amateur photographer's amazing image - ITV News (http://www.itv.com/news/2015-03-02/incredible-image-shows-weasel-flying-on-woodpeckers-back/)

probes
3rd Mar 2015, 08:52
good choice of topic, joy ride :) :)

http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/607097/stream_img.jpg

but... what will happen next? And, was the weasel trying to eat the woodpecker, or what?

tony draper
3rd Mar 2015, 08:59
Grabbing lunch on the fly it's called.:uhoh:

alisoncc
3rd Mar 2015, 09:06
Would the weasel be classified as SLF?

rh200
3rd Mar 2015, 09:38
Male weasel, animal kingdom bestiality.:E. He's probably starting to think it wasn't such a good idea.:p

tony draper
3rd Mar 2015, 09:41
I'm a tad surprised Mr Weasel could overcome his instinct to chomp down on Mr Woodpeckers neck.:uhoh:

Lon More
3rd Mar 2015, 09:45
animal kingdom bestiality.
Obviously a flying f***

Checkboard
3rd Mar 2015, 09:51
maybe it's a trend :uhoh:

Here's a squirrel on a duck ;)

http://www.moorhen.me.uk/imgofday/20120516_d5c_20120415_1753_164_fb2%20grey%20squirrel%20on%20 back%20of%20mallard%20duck%20female%20with%20male%20behind%2 0%28head%20shadow%20on%20tree%29%20%28crop%29%28r+mb%[email protected] 8%29.jpg

MagnusP
3rd Mar 2015, 10:03
Odd that, checkers, I thought it was usually England batsmen on a duck. :p

joy ride
3rd Mar 2015, 10:32
"Male weasel, animal kingdom bestiality"

In which case the words "wood" and pecker (US) seem fairly appropriate.

redsnail
3rd Mar 2015, 10:44
What I want to know is what did Checkers use as search terms in Google to find that picture?... :ooh:

Octane
3rd Mar 2015, 11:00
maybe he was just taking his mate for a spin......?

onetrack
3rd Mar 2015, 11:54
As an old sceptic, I reckon I can smell Photoshop. Doesn't it seem just a little too convenient, that the photographer was in precisely the right position, with the camera precisely to hand, and precisely set to fire - to catch a moment, that surely would have been totally fleeting? - if it really did happen??
Why would a weasel climb onto the back of a woodpecker?? Do baby weasels normally attack/eat birds much larger than them?
Nothing seems to jell in that scenario, to me.
However, I must admit that some of the strangest sights I have witnessed (and never got pics of) were in the animal kingdom.
My style is, that anytime I need to catch incredible fleeting shots, the camera is never to hand, it's never turned on, and it's set to some completely different focus or setting that isn't compatible with the setting required. :{

FTNeditor
3rd Mar 2015, 13:06
Q. What's the difference between a stoat and a weasel ?

A. A weasel is weasely identifiable while a stoat is stoatly different



...and back into box

probes
4th Mar 2015, 05:50
so, it's been really inspirational :):
BBC - Earth - Can you top this photo of a weasel riding a woodpecker? (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150303-weasel-riding-woodpecker)

BBC Earth now has a challenge for you: can you top this photo?
Today, we are launching BBC Earth Capture, a series of video and photo challenges.
Each will have a separate theme, for you to interpret how you wish.
In honour of the weasel and woodpecker, our inaugural challenge is called Extraordinary.
If you've captured something extraordinary in nature share it with us, and we'll share it with the world.
Find out how to take part by clicking this link: Take the BBC Earth Capture challenge (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/earth-capture-extraordinary).

(and actually the OP link did give the whole story and more pics, so it probably wasn't photoshop anyway).

ORAC
4th Mar 2015, 06:20
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03218/040315-MATT-web_3218819a.jpg

joy ride
4th Mar 2015, 06:48
Excellent cartoon.

sitigeltfel
4th Mar 2015, 07:18
The CAA* are investigating the weasels type rating.


(Chordate Aves Authority)

probes
5th Mar 2015, 13:24
:)

The story by the photographer BBC News - Weasel on woodpecker photographer: 'It's almost a dream' (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31722410)
and the weasel explained BBC News - Weasel on woodpecker: 'Extraordinary to have captured' (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31705663)

Checkboard
5th Mar 2015, 17:07
This flying rodent thing is getting out of hand ... :E


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IANwb_qT1gg

Kelly Hopper
5th Mar 2015, 17:54
100% Checkboard.

chksix
5th Mar 2015, 18:05
http://youtu.be/IVjOBvnqfTQ?t=27m49s
:E

Pelikal
5th Mar 2015, 18:13
Lets not forget Hammy the Hamster...

KUnigpl2Z80

probes
6th Mar 2015, 06:41
yeah, from up in the air, everything looks very different.

That was a sweet one! :)

Checkboard
6th Mar 2015, 15:33
... and now it's just ridiculous :)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10429452_1540092379597831_8024187628069491117_n.jpg?oh=2c711 68fe40243877bce4ad0bfe785a5&oe=5588FAC8&__gda__=1434959351_0ec2302082b5bd55718ad8f0fe03ae9a