Woodpecker shown flying with weasel on its back in amateur photographer's amazing image

The stunning image was captured in Hornchurch, Essex earlier today. Credit: Martin Le-May

Video report by ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery.

A remarkable photo has captured a weasel on a woodpecker's back as the bird flies through the air.

The photographer, Martin Le-May from Essex, said he "feared the worst" for the green bird after hearing "distressed squawking" during its struggle with the mammal at Hornchurch Country Park.

After Le-May managed to capture the incredible image - which has become a hit on Twitter since it was taken earlier today - the creature managed to escape with its life.

Slightly blurred images also captured the rest of the battle.

The weasel clings to the bird's back. Credit: Martin Le-May
The bird then takes flight in an attempt to escape attack. Credit: Martin Le-May

Describing the events to ITV News, Le-May said he was taking a walk with his wife when the battle took place.

Le-May said he hoped his picture would inspire others to venture out of their local green area and get snapping.

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