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The Southern Masked Weaver or African Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa. I have about thirteen males building nests in my garden and I presume the females are countless more! I took this pic shortly after a down-pour and as soon as the rain had stopped, the male was there, inspecting that everything was still OK!

This Weaver nests in colonies, mainly from September to January. Males have several female partners, and build a succession of nests, typically 25 each season. The nests, like those of other weavers, are woven from reed, palm or grass. A female will line a selected nest with soft grass and feathers. The nest is built in a tree, often over water. This weaver also nests in reeds.

I often find “deconstructed” nests on the ground, pulled apart by a female not happy with the accommodation offered her! The male sits watching her destruction of the nest and often immediately starts on a fresh one within minutes of her finishing the job.

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 2 years ago

    This is an amazing and beautiful picture, Maree

  • Thanks so much Corinne!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    Marvelous catch of this intriguing construction. Perfect composition!

  • Thanks a lot Sheila, the construction is rather amazing!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 2 years ago

    Dit bly maar ’n wonderwerk né!

  • Ek stem saam!

    – Maree Clarkson

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