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New beginning.

By ShedMan  
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!


Tags: Birds General Africa Bird South africa Close-up and macro Weaver Wildlife and nature Masked weaver

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21 Oct 2008 7:48AM

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cjl47 10 4 3 England
21 Oct 2008 7:48AM
A great shot.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
21 Oct 2008 7:54AM
Stunning capture and great to see an active bird doing its job
Detail and timing with one leg perched superb
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
21 Oct 2008 8:12AM
Fine colours.

Super shot.

2himanshu 10 23 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 8:21AM
A super shot
AlanBW 12 20 England
21 Oct 2008 8:31AM
Neat catch, love the pose and detail
Leightonhs 11 155 1
21 Oct 2008 8:33AM
Nicely caught! He's hanging off by one leg!

whiteswan01 10 13 England
21 Oct 2008 9:21AM
stunning shot superb colours
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 9:23AM
What a beautiful bird,well captured.
jonathanbp 9 99 Thailand
21 Oct 2008 9:25AM
Great shot, had plenty of these in my back yard when I lived in Jozie....Jonathan
RAYMO 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 10:55AM
Methinks she would end up building her own nest !!!! Superb capture with great detail and colours...

Newtman 12 2 5
21 Oct 2008 10:58AM
Great close-up.
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 11:59AM
wonderful capture, really good looking bird
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
21 Oct 2008 1:15PM
Excellent capture. Andy
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
21 Oct 2008 3:03PM
What a fantastic capture, such a beautiful bird.
21 Oct 2008 3:39PM
Well captured image with great detail.

RTDS 9 Cyprus
21 Oct 2008 4:12PM
Stunning capture.
So crisp..excellent details and colours.
Well done.
georg Plus
13 4 South Africa
21 Oct 2008 5:11PM
Don't stop uploading these nice pics!!
21 Oct 2008 5:58PM
we want more,very good image
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 9:02PM
Fatastic capture.
TinyBrad 10 2
22 Oct 2008 9:10AM
lovely picture, he looks like one of our sparrows only alot prettier.
Xiaoli 9 661 14 South Africa
22 Oct 2008 9:32AM
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!

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