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!
Close-up and macro
Wildlife and nature
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