Golden Palm Weavers (Ploceus bojeri) make a nest of thin palm leaves woven into a hollow ball. These birds are not over-fussy as to where they build their nest and will pick a convenient tree that takes their fancy even if its very close to a house.
The set of weaver photographs shows the male of a pair that built their nest in a shaded part of the garden of the house we were staying in at Kilifi on the Kenyan coast north of Mombasa – the pink tone to some of the shots is from the wall of the house.
As with most birds, the male did all the work while his mate perched on a nearby branch supervising operations. At one point during the two-day construction process, she came to inspect and clearly wasn’t satisfied since she kicked the nest to the ground, forcing the male to start all over again. She did, however, bring him the odd juicy caterpillar from time to time.
The male seemed tireless in his efforts, working from dawn to dusk, flying in with one palm leaf after another. Some didn’t fit the bill so he flew away with them again. The completed nest was a tight green ball that quickly went brown on the third day as the leaves dried out.
Canon 1DMkII with Canon 300mmL IS lens; ISO400 f5.6 1/500
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