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Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:15:59 am »

hellymedic

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2015, 12:53:41 pm »
Isn't it?
It's been on my Twitterfeed, on Facebook and I think one of the news sites I use regularly...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31711446

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 01:04:34 pm »
Why do I feel the need to drift off on to the carrying ability of the African Swallow?
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2015, 01:13:23 pm »
Why did the weasel hitch a lift on a woodpecker's back?

Because he couldn't afford the weasel fuel.
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2015, 01:14:24 pm »
Stoatin!
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2015, 03:39:28 pm »
Must a lid be put on all this punning?

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2015, 03:44:33 pm »
You would peck away at our fun?
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2015, 04:11:06 pm »
It was a day like any other in Ireland, only it wasn't raining

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2015, 06:28:47 pm »
It's just made the BBC's Six O'Clock News.
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2015, 06:42:32 pm »
It was on Auntie's News wibble before midday.

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2015, 11:51:01 pm »
The Graun piece about that included some very scathing comments about how it was "photoshopped". It looked pretty genuine to me, and it's entirely plausible. The green woodpecker is a ground-feeding bird a lot of the time, hacking into ants' nests for food. Weasels are sneaky little gits who attack their prey from behind. The are also quite happy taking on something much bigger than themselves and their method of killing their prey is to bike it in the neck.

Many moons ago our old dog, George Doodlebugs by name, killed a weasel. The unfortunate mustelid had hidden inside an old farmyard pump which my dad had acquired with a view to attaching it to the well that was in our garden. The pump was lying innocently in a corner, but the dog was well aware that the weasel was in there, making a huge amount of effort and a lot of noise as he tried to get the weasel out. In the end my dad got so fed up with the racket the dog was making that he tipped the pump up and out slid the weasel. I'm sorry the dog killed it because I like mustelids as a group of animals, and this weasel got a few good bites in on the dog's nose before he died.

Actually, something has just crossed my mind: some years ago, on the way home after one of the Foulness Bike Rides, we came across an injured weasel by the side of the road. I thought at first that its back was broken and another cyclist who had stopped to look was thinking about putting it out of its misery. However, it seemed to recover as we watched, even though there was a lesion on its back, and eventually it disappeared into the grass. I mentioned this to my brother, who was a scientific officer with English Nature before he retired, and his suggestion was that a predatory bird may well have caught it and dropped it. That, of course, may well have happened, but it's equally possible that the weasel could have attacked a bird on the ground and hitched a lift, as in the woodpecker case.
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2015, 11:56:31 pm »
The Graun piece about that included some very scathing comments about how it was "photoshopped". It looked pretty genuine to me, and it's entirely plausible. The green woodpecker is a ground-feeding bird a lot of the time, hacking into ants' nests for food. Weasels are sneaky little gits who attack their prey from behind. The are also quite happy taking on something much bigger than themselves and their method of killing their prey is to bike it in the neck.

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2015, 06:34:22 am »
The Graun piece about that included some very scathing comments about how it was "photoshopped".

The one with Putin riding a weasel riding a woodpecker is genuine though, right?

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2015, 12:09:00 pm »
The Graun piece about that included some very scathing comments about how it was "photoshopped". It looked pretty genuine to me, and it's entirely plausible.
I read that comment. Their justification for saying it was photoshopped was the out of focus background. Presumably this 'expert' knows nothing about photography.
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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2015, 12:55:47 pm »
I know the chap who took the photo. Lives down the road from me in Brighton. He was due to be on the 10-o-clock news about it, and was excited, but couldn't get anyone to look after their two nippers in time.

Will see him this weekend and so will drill him for further info. He takes wildlife photography so I'd say, he's a fortunate chap to capture it.
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2015, 01:18:14 pm »
I like the take on it in todays Independent cartoon

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2015, 05:17:38 pm »
Confession. I had my wires crossed, and the chap I was describing, was in fact, being invited up to the 10'0clock news to say whether or not he thought it was photoshopped.

I have never met, nor know the chap who actually took the photo of Weasel and Green Woodpecker flying off somewhere.

In fact, it wasn't photoshopped, but is 'real'.
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

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Re: Weasel flying on a woodpecker
« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2015, 05:39:16 pm »
Or The Times cartoon of the 4th

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