Golden Palm Weaver 6 by David Clarke

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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 1DMkII with Canon 300mm f2.8L IS lens; ISO 400 f3.2 1/500

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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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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 6 years ago

    Cute little chap

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 6 years ago

    Isn’t he just. Poor chap was exhausted after two days’ hard work!

  • Macky
    Mackyover 5 years ago

    Superb David, love the series!! These weavers always amaze me with what they can do without hands. :-)

  • Many thanks, Macky! I agree, they are quite amazing, and tireless in their efforts!

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    Indigenous to East & Southern Africa Group
    CONGRATULATIONS David!!! Great image.
    Indigenous to East & Southern Africa Group

  • Many thanks, Olitto!!

    – David Clarke

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 5 years ago

    What a pretty little bird and fantastic capture! ;o)

  • Many thanks, Krys!

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Don Davide ..
    How I have missed my friend :-)))
    But the other side of the coin.. we have here a splendid part of photography wich I send right away to my FAV list.
    Alora.. Ciao amico and salutem di Hollandi


  • Thanks so much, Maestro G!! Great to hear from you and thanks very much for the fav!! Looking forward to seeing lots of great work from Montreal!! Ciao da Toscana, Davide!!

    – David Clarke

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Many thanks, Ellen:))

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago
    Fantastic capture
  • Thanks very much, Kathy.

    – David Clarke

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    I love this beautiful series of images David, the bird is so beautiful and I very much reading about their nesting habits. They seem so sweet natured.

  • Thanks very much, Sharon, I’m very pleased you liked this little fella! :))

    – David Clarke

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    enjoy :))
    I very much enjoy reading…..
    Aloha my friend :)

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