This male Speke’s Weaver (Ploceus spekei) was taking a rest from the frenetic nest building that goes on the spring. Once the nest is complete, he will then need to seek the approval of a female. This is not always a foregone conclusion and the poor chap might see his work kicked to the ground.
Photographed at Lolomarik farm, near Timau, Kenya, in the foothills of Mount Kenya.

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 300mm IS lens and Canon 1.4 extender.
ISO 500 420mm 1/640 at f8

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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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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 2 years ago

    Excellent take and interesting write

  • Many thanks, Warren

    – David Clarke

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    18 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Many thanks, Konstantinos

    – David Clarke

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture David

  • Many thanks, Larry, and thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/04/18 2 images per day
    Excellent lighting in this capture! Fav!

  • Many thanks, Maggie; and thanks for the fav:)) Sorry for the delay in replying – been on the road returning to Italia.

    – David Clarke

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/04/18 1 Image per 24hrs

  • Thanks you, Maggie:))

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    Haha.. I am so happy to see an excellent posting from the one and only Rembrandt among us mortal Photographers: Don Davide place another strong move on the photo CHESSBOARD
    Bravissimo Don Davide
    Alta alatis patent
    (The sky is open to those who have wings)


  • Giovanni! How great to hear from you; it’s been a while. Thanks you for your most erudite comment, I am humbled. Many thanks too for the fav:)) Our Kenya sojourn is coming to an end today – it’s back to Italy for the summer. But there’ll be a few more posting from this wonderful country.
    Ciao e distinti saluti

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    beautiful shot
    great light and what a beautiful bird

  • Many thanks, Sylvia:))

    – David Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured !
    Interesting write up .. poor fellow … hope he has success !

  • Many thanks, Trish; I’m sure he was successful in the end. Thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    Congratulations your outstanding work has just been featured in Topshelf Wildlife well done!
    Please visit our Feature Page and participate in comments and our current Monthly Avatar Voucher Challenge, Please read the Challenge description Thank you.

  • That’s wonderful news, Maggie, thanks so much:))

    – David Clarke

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyover 2 years ago

    Great shot! Congrats, David.

  • Many thanks, Brian, and thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

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