Birders and wildlife photographers wait for lifetimes to capture that ONE perfect image, the one picture that tells a full story of the great struggle of the wild. Photographer Martin Le-May got one of those once-in-a-lifetime images when he captured a small weasel on the back of a European green woodpecker.
Weasels are notorious nest robbers, so it's likely that this bird-on-beast fight started in the woodpecker's nest.
Once safely away from his nest of eggs, the bird dropped the weasel off on the grass.
But he was not finished and continued to give the rodent a piece of his mind until the weasel surrendered and fled.
Since both male and female woodpeckers incubate the eggs for approximately 20 days, it makes perfect sense that the dad bird would be on duty to deal with this pest.
You can distinguish the European green woodpecker by its colorful green markings, but only males have the red strip on their facial markings.
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