Southern Masked Weaver, Tanzania, Africa by Adrian Paul

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This Southern Masked Weaver continued to vigorously build its nest, oblivious to the proximity of me taking several shots from immediately below it. Several other weavers were also tending to nests in the same tree.

The photo was taken in the grounds of the Marangu Hotel,Tanzania in the shadows of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The Southern Masked-Weaver or African Masked-weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa.

This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks.

It nests in colonies, mainly from September to January. Males have several female partners, and build a succession of nests, typically 25 each season. The nests, like those of other weavers, are woven from reed, palm or grass. A female will line a selected nest with soft grass and feathers. The nest is built in a tree, often over water, but sometimes in suburbia. his weaver also nests in reeds. (Wikipedia)

Camera – Nikon D80; Lens – Tamron 28-300 VC zoom





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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot, great clarity of feathers and colours, fascinating nest and a great description.

  • Thank you Mik. I value your comments a lot.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Adrian, including the detail of the nest weave.

  • Thanks for your comment and also for adding this to your favourites.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

  • Wow! Thanks for the feature, Maggie.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! What a dear little bird – and I love the way you have caught her with that red eye and singing her heart out – it’s a great shot. Beautifully composed.

  • Thank you for your comments, Christina. I really appreciate them.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaabout 4 years ago

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature….GREAT shot!!

  • Thank you. I appreciate your comment. The mlost amazing thing is that if I had been able to lower my camera, Mt Kilimanjaro would have been in the background.

    – Adrian Paul

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosabout 4 years ago

    Wow.You would have got a more fantastic shot.but .the shot you got was great

  • Yes – but focussing may have been a small problem! Thanks.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    This image was selected to be featured by LYNDA HARRIS

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