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Taken from the bird hide in Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg, this is a male Southern Masked Weaver starting to build a new nest by attaching strips of bark to a tree branch. He was so close, I had to put my lens on macro to get him in focus but I got quite a rewarding series of shots. This is the most interesting one because of his pose, hanging upside down by only one foot, shows how agile they are.

He may have as many as 8 or 9 nests but if the female is not happy with the nest she'll pull it apart and make him build another one!

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Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300 APO DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:New beginning.
Username:ShedMan ShedMan
Uploaded:21 Oct 2008 - 7:41 AM
Tags:Africa, Bird, Birds, Close-up / macro, General, Masked weaver, South africa, Weaver, Wildlife / nature
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jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 1045 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 - 7:48 AM

Beautiful
Jenni

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cjl47
cjl47 e2 Member 6cjl47 vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 7:48 AM

A great shot.
chris

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 7:54 AM

Stunning capture and great to see an active bird doing its job
Detail and timing with one leg perched superb
Richard

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 8:12 AM

Fine colours.

Super shot.

Rock

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2himanshu
2himanshu e2 Member 62himanshu vcard United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 - 8:21 AM

A super shot

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AlanBW
AlanBW e2 Member 8AlanBW vcard England
21 Oct 2008 - 8:31 AM

Neat catch, love the pose and detail

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Leightonhs
Leightonhs e2 Member 8155 forum postsLeightonhs vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 8:33 AM

Nicely caught! He's hanging off by one leg!

-Leighton.

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whiteswan01
whiteswan01 e2 Member 6whiteswan01 vcard England
21 Oct 2008 - 9:21 AM

stunning shot superb colours
Dawn

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM e2 Member 6BERTRAM vcard United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 - 9:23 AM

What a beautiful bird,well captured.
Dave

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jonathanbp
jonathanbp e2 Member 699 forum postsjonathanbp vcard India
21 Oct 2008 - 9:25 AM

Great shot, had plenty of these in my back yard when I lived in Jozie....Jonathan

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RAYMO
RAYMO e2 Member 7RAYMO vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 10:55 AM

Methinks she would end up building her own nest !!!! Superb capture with great detail and colours...

Ray

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Newtman
Newtman e2 Member 8Newtman vcard 5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 10:58 AM

Great close-up.
David

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imander
imander e2 Member 7388 forum postsimander vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 11:59 AM

wonderful capture, really good looking bird
ian

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY e2 Member 61432 forum postsDOGSBODY vcard England30 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 1:15 PM

Excellent capture. Andy

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Bob_V
Bob_V e2 Member 7Bob_V vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 3:03 PM

What a fantastic capture, such a beautiful bird.
Bob

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pentony
pentony e2 Member 6pentony vcard England
21 Oct 2008 - 3:39 PM

Well captured image with great detail.

Pento

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RTDS
RTDS e2 Member 6RTDS vcard Cyprus
21 Oct 2008 - 4:12 PM

Stunning capture.
So crisp..excellent details and colours.
Well done.
Robert

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georg
georg e2 Member 9georg vcard South Africa
21 Oct 2008 - 5:11 PM

Don't stop uploading these nice pics!!

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maratsuikka
21 Oct 2008 - 5:58 PM

we want more,very good image

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 9:02 PM

Fatastic capture.

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TinyBrad
TinyBrad Junior e2 Member 6TinyBrad vcard
22 Oct 2008 - 9:10 AM

lovely picture, he looks like one of our sparrows only alot prettier.

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Xiaoli
Xiaoli e2 Member 6661 forum postsXiaoli vcard South Africa14 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2008 - 9:32 AM

What a great shot. We have the Cape Weaver round and about but so far haven't been able to get near enough to them to get any shots. Somehow our guys only go to the nests at dusk when lighting conditions are really bad. :-(

Love your PF BTW!

Last Modified By Xiaoli at 22 Oct 2008 - 9:33 AM

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