One man is making sure the weasel and woodpecker are never forgotten

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Monday 09 March 2015 15:00
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This image of a weasel mounting a woodpecker in Hornchurch Country Park is one of the greatest nature pictures ever taken.

Now, it will never be forgotten thanks to Karmarama employee Stephen Cross, who told the Telegraph he was inspired to create this sign after seeing the image.

"It's been everywhere - even on the Ellen Degeneres show - so I wanted to shine a light on Hornchurch and show we've got a sense of humour," Cross said. "I bumped into some people when I was putting it up and I realised people here are actually really proud of the photo. Hopefully the council will let it stay up and it'll become a photo opportunity in the park".

Apparently it is not photoshopped with Cross and his friends using their work contacts to create the sign and a scaffolder to put it up.

Martin Le-May took the image of the weasel riding the green woodpecker last week while on a walk with his wife, Ann.

“Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life,” Mr Le-May said of the image.

The woodpecker survived its encounter with the weasel, with Mr Le-May saying he believes he and his wife distracted the predator allowing the bird to fly off.

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