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

Best viewed large!


africa, birds, kenya, nature, weavers, wildlife

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

View Full Profile


  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture! Such beautiful colors.

  • Thanks so much, Bunny.

    – David Clarke

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkover 5 years ago

    What an amazing series of shots…delightful, colorful…very busy little guy!! Excellent capture!

  • Many thanks, Beve!

    – David Clarke

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    What a beautifully composed image – fabulous!!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Lorilee, much appreciated.

    – David Clarke

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago

    gorgeous capture

  • Many thanks, Luda :))

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks very much, Kathy :)

    – David Clarke

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Love the colours and composition here David! Gorgeous! Fave!

  • Thanks so much, Vicki! :))

    – David Clarke

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenterabout 5 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks very much, Geoff.

    – David Clarke

  • AngelaFoster
    AngelaFosterabout 5 years ago

    such a pretty bird, wonderful capture and background colours,

  • Many thanks, Angela:))

    – David Clarke

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 5 years ago

    Superb David!!

  • Thanks very much, Macky! and thanks too for the fav!!

    – David Clarke

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkeralmost 5 years ago

    wow..what a gorgeous bird..good photo!!

  • Many thanks, Catherine! Thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait