Photographer Captures Woodpecker Showing Weasel the World

3 Mar



Aladdin jokes aside, what you are actually witnessing is a remarkable battle for survival as a Green woodpecker attempts to escape the predatory clutches of a weasel. The incredible photo was caught on camera by amateur bird watcher and photographer Martin Le-May who spotted the event in East London’s Hornchurch Country Park.

Since being posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon, the photo has gone viral and has been published by news outlets around the world. Le-May explains that the woodpecker was feeding on some ground-dwelling insects when the weasel went for the sneak attack. Naturally the bird tried to take flight and the pair got as high as 10 ft before landing again where the woodpecker managed to free itself and live another day.

[Sources: Mashable, Slate, Jason Ward on Twitter, Martin Le-May on Twitter]

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Picture of the Day: Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Space

1 Mar



Photograph by Terry Virts

International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists, engineers and sci-fi fans around the world. Cape Cod and Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy’s home town, are visible through the station window.


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Flames Over the Atlantic

1 Sep

Flames Over the Atlantic.



17 Jan

This is something worth trying…any where, any time.
I have been watching the Real Housewives of several Counties USA, but Ranjana was by far the best lady of the series’…Excellent!


Masters of Sex

22 Nov

Masters of Sex



“Stylish, smart and provocative 12-part drama set in the 1950s, chronicling the relationship of Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the couple who gave birth to the sexual revolution.”

New Merchant Navy and Bertram Mackennal stamps

29 Sep

A fitting tribute to the wonderful Merchant Navy and some of her fine ships of yesteryear…have to say the Cutty Sark is a family favourite, great greatuncle Linton, Moir & Ritchie built…

First Class Cutty Sark

First Class Cutty Sark

The British Postal Museum & Archive blog

As always during Stampex Royal Mail are issuing several sets of new stamps. Today sees the launch of a commemorative issue on the Merchant Navy and commemorative sheets marking the 150thanniversary of the birth of Bertram Mackennal.

Merchant Navy

The Merchant Navy stamps salute the heritage of the UK’s trading fleet of ships, run by various companies. These export and import goods from around the world as well as carrying passengers, and historically have been intertwined with the fortunes of the nation.

The accompanying miniature sheet honours the contribution of the Merchant Navy in times of war, when its ships assisted in the war effort. 2013 will mark the 70th anniversary of the turning point of what is called the Battle of the Atlantic, after which losses reduced considerably.

Bertram Mackennal

Bertram Mackennal was born on 12th June 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, to parents of Scottish descent. After initial…

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Exciting News from Virginia USA!

24 Sep


Exciting News!.


I have watched Belle Grove come to life over the last year…a wonderful rebirth of this delightful Virginian Plantation, beautiful house, top class B&B and amazingly energetic and multi-talented hosts & custodians Brett & Michelle Darnell.

Brett & Michelle