African Weaver Bird Courtship.

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ER_ Wizard
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African Weaver Bird Courtship.

Greetings All. A number of year back Jill planted a thorn tree in our garden, now it is a massive tree & home to many birds, of which the masked weaver is the main tenant.

This little bird is a master in weaving the perfect nest, no help from the females. He gathers long grasses & palm tree fronds that he has stripped into long thin pieces. these he weaves into a round next with a hole on the bottom. Once completed he will sit on a branch shivering his little wings trying to attract a lady to check out his work.

If she is comfortable with his work, she will move in :-). If not she destroys his work & he starts again. Last season he had 13 nests going & defended his territory like a Sheik his harem.

This morning I was out just after sunrise hoping to get the benefit of the golden hour in Jill's garden. I heard a commotion at the top of the garden, went to see what it was about and found our little friend hard at work.

I had the 500mm on the A700, all set on my tripod, so I grabbed a few shots. These I share now.

  1. 1. Checking out the Talent.

  1. 2 & 3 . Final Inspection.

  1. 4.Invitation Flutter.

  1. 5. Lady Inside.

  1. 6. Removing a Thread.

  1. 7. Lady Rocket Exit.

Regards.

Ernest.
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Excellent shots of a beautiful bird, well composed. We don't have anything with intricate nests like that around here. I'd certainly say it was time well spent getting out early and catching the light. Thanks for sharing these.
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Wonderful series, Ernest! Thanks for the briefing on these birds; very interesting. I guess the females expect a penthouse.

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Amazing! I would like to see what the inside looks like! Obviously there must be a flat section where the eggs would lay without rolling down and out.
Thank for sharing this great series Ernest!
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Amazing photos and a great intro. One of the finest threads I've seen at DPR.
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Nice work Ernest, a very interesting post and a fascinating subject

Thanks for posting.
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Hi Tech.

Thank you. as they say the early worm catches the bird

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Hi Gary.

it is the same in our world LOL. last year he had all 13 nests destroyed by his ladies. but this guy is very persistent & he did manage his bakers dozen wives LOL. He must be a glutton for punishment.

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Hi Ben.

I have taken many a nest apart when I was a kid with no brains or understanding of life. The inside is very well constructed & the eggs & chicks rest in the bulb part. These little nests are water tight & can survive the worst of storms. I will try to find a discarded nest and cut it in half & post it for your info.

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Hi Jada.

Welcome to the Sony forum. Glad you enjoyed the pics & thank you for your kind words.

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Hi John.

Thank you. these little birds are among our favorites in the garden. The little male is feisty & fears none of the other birds, a real little fighter. Jill feeds the birds & he is always the first at the seed. The sad thing is farmers destroy these little birds as they are very destructive when it comes to wheat. They will sit on the top of the ear & break off the wheat. Still as I am not a farmer, I am very fond of them & they are always welcome in our garden.

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Ernest,

Very wonderful photos and interesting story.
Thank you,
Yehuda

ER_ Wizard wrote:

Greetings All. A number of year back Jill planted a thorn tree in our garden, now it is a massive tree & home to many birds, of which the masked weaver is the main tenant.

This little bird is a master in weaving the perfect nest, no help from the females. He gathers long grasses & palm tree fronds that he has stripped into long thin pieces. these he weaves into a round next with a hole on the bottom. Once completed he will sit on a branch shivering his little wings trying to attract a lady to check out his work.

If she is comfortable with his work, she will move in :-). If not she destroys his work & he starts again. Last season he had 13 nests going & defended his territory like a Sheik his harem.

This morning I was out just after sunrise hoping to get the benefit of the golden hour in Jill's garden. I heard a commotion at the top of the garden, went to see what it was about and found our little friend hard at work.

I had the 500mm on the A700, all set on my tripod, so I grabbed a few shots. These I share now.

  1. 1. Checking out the Talent.

  1. 2 & 3 . Final Inspection.

  1. 4.Invitation Flutter.

  1. 5. Lady Inside.

  1. 6. Removing a Thread.

  1. 7. Lady Rocket Exit.

Regards.

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Stephen McDonald
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The little fellow is as industrious and skilled as a Beaver in home construction. What a heartbreak it must be if his lady friends reject and dismantle his hard work.

This is an excellent series, portraying a master crafter. That folded-wing dive out the bombbay door was a well-timed catch.
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The chicks wear nest belts to keep from falling out?

Photos so good they must be Charles Bikeguy's.
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Great lookin' boids and an interesting lesson. "A man's work is never done"

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B Gavin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,588
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Absolutely amazing pictures Ernest!

But that poor little guy! It's not enough to be rebuffed? She had to shred his work too? There's no pleasing some women!!

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Ernest,

Nicely done. Love the red eyes.

His life sounds hectic.

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Thanks for sharing . . .

the story as well as the pictures. Beautiful shots of a handsome and interesting bird. I, too, was wondering about the eggs.

p.s. Don't you think you could nip those nasty thorns off so your birds don't get speared?
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Nature is amazing.

Many thanks for sharing these.

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Shalom Yehuda.

Thank you. We are delighted with our tenants :-).

Regards.

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