Golden Palm Weaver 2 by David Clarke

Golden Palm Weavers 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 1D MkII with Canon 300mm f2.8L IS lens ISO 400 f3.5 1/1250

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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

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  • Nancy Barrett
    Nancy Barrettalmost 6 years ago

    This must have been fascinating to watch! Great capture!

  • Thanks, Nancy. Yes it was, I stood for ages partly hidden in a large plant so as not to put him off. And then I kept returning over the two days to capture progress. My grandsons thought I was completely potty!

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    outstanding capture

  • Thanks so much, kathy

    – David Clarke

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 5 years ago

    Absolutely awesome picture, the whole series is stunning to say the least

  • Many thanks for your great comment, Robert, very much appreciated!

    – David Clarke

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 5 years ago

    More spectacular work David, the Golden Palm Weaver is a real delight! Your clarity is so good. Would make a great collage :O)

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Thanks for your great comments, Vanessa. I really enjoyed taking these:))

  • josiem
    josiemover 5 years ago

    amazing work!

  • Many thanks, Josie!

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS David!! TOP 10 in the Indigenous to East & Southern Africa Group Challenge, Fruit- and Seed-Eating Birds
    Great image and very much deserved!

  • Many thanks, Olitto!

    – David Clarke

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 5 years ago

    An awesome series of shots David ,well done on the top ten in the challenge !!

  • Thanks very much, Trudi, much appreciated:)) Thanks too for the fav!

    – David Clarke

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 5 years ago

    Truly amazing and outstanding work!

  • Thanks so much, Dottie:)) and thanks too for the fav and for adding me to your watchlist! Much appreciated!!

    – David Clarke

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 5 years ago

    Amazing photography! I love the whole series and the info you’ve added.

  • Thanks so much, Sharon:)) and thanks too for the fav!!

    – David Clarke

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