I don’t mean to beat a dead horse here. At first I thought the now famous photo of a Least Weasel riding a Green Woodpecker was fake. I could not image a medium size woodpecker carrying a weasel. Besides, a closer look at the photo shows the weasel “sitting” on the woodpecker’s back not “clinging” to it as one would expect the weasel to be on a flying-moving bird. The moment of take off and subsequent flight forward would have shaken off the weasel. If the weasel were to stay on the bird’s back it should look like it is clinging firmly.
I was expecting someone to break the news about this photo being a montage. I visited the Hoax-Slayer website, which is known for debunking hoax started on the internet on a daily basis. The Hoax-Slayer has a short note indicating the photo seems legit.
My skepticism was put to rest after watching the video I share below. A weasel attacks a gull in the water! In several instances during the video, the scene could have repeated itself as the weasel clings on the gull’s back, the gulls tries to take off with the weasel on top, but apparently the gull is too weak for take off. If the gull was able to take off they would have had the same scene, this time on video. At any rate it was amazing behavior caught on camera!!!
Alfredo lives in Florida but grew up alongside Peruvian Meadowlarks
and Marvelous Spatuletails in Peru. Trained as Wildlife Biologist, he
divides his time between South Florida and the tropics where he spends
a fair amount of time. Alfredo founded Surbound , a blog on mission to
connect the birds, wildlife, people, and magnificent landscapes in the
Tom’s 2018 Year List – 806
Pat’s 2018 Year List – 691
Clare M’s 2018 Year List – 356
Donna’s 2018 Year List – 339
Corey’s 2018 Year List – 278
Donna’s 2017 Year List – 840
Pat’s 2017 Year List – 746
Corey’s 2017 Year List – 568
Clare M’s 2017 Year List – 458
Jochen’s 2017 Year List – 250
Tom’s 2017 Year List – 251
Pat’s 2016 Year List – 882
Donna’s 2016 Year List – 709
Clare M’s 2016 Year List – 464