Squirrel, woodpecker fight while airborne captured in photos



A photographer from Cornwall, Ont., says he’s delighted with his images of a squirrel doing battle with a woodpecker earlier this month.

It all began when a red squirrel wandered onto a tree inhabited by a pair of pileated woodpeckers.

One of the woodpeckers flew up to the curious squirrel and dislodged it from the tree, sending the squirrel crashing down onto another woodpecker just below.

“It had the ride of its life, even though it only lasted probably two seconds, and the shot captured its very expressive cry,” said photographer Brian Morin on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out on Saturday.

The squirrel hit the ground and scampered away while the woodpecker managed to fly off.

“I knew I’d caught something there … but I didn’t really know exactly what I’d captured until I put the whole thing up on a monitor. And then it was, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I got this,'” Morin said.

“I’ve had some very good luck over the years … but I must say, this is probably the prize. So, I was very pleased.”

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