Weavers

A friend of mine recently showed me some lovely photos she took of a Baltimore oriole, which inspired me to get to work on the photos I have of beautiful yellow birds – the southern masked weaver and spectacled weaver.

I was lucky enough to be able to watch the southern masked weavers crafting their nests in a tree in the back garden of the Wildlife ACT volunteer house at Zimanga, plus have them visit the water hole while we had time at the hides.

Enjoy!

A female southern masked weaver perched high in the branches in the back garden.  Not a great shot; I included it to show the difference between the male and female. 1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 450
A female southern masked weaver perched high in the branches in the back garden. Not a great shot; I included it to show the difference between the male and female.
1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 450
A southern masked weaver works on his nest upside down. 1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 280
A southern masked weaver works on his nest upside down.
1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 280
The weaver makes a retreat after having a quick splash in the water. 1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
The weaver makes a retreat after having a quick splash in the water.
1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
A southern masked weaver flanked by a pair of cape glossy starlings.  I love the contrast between the colouring of the weaver and the starlings. 1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
A southern masked weaver flanked by a pair of cape glossy starlings. I love the contrast between the colouring of the weaver and the starlings.
1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
The early stages of the nest process.  The grasses are woven together with a great deal of intricacy. 1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 100
The early stages of the nest process. The grasses are woven together with a great deal of intricacy.
1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 100
Several southern masked weavers work on building the perfect nest. 1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 140
Several southern masked weavers work on building the perfect nest.
1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 140
A spectacled weaver eyes up the water hole before heading down for a drink. 1/2500 sec, f7.1, ISO 5000
A spectacled weaver eyes up the water hole before heading down for a drink.
1/2500 sec, f7.1, ISO 5000
A southern masked weaver perched above the watering hole. 1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
A southern masked weaver perched above the watering hole.
1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250

Male southern masked weaver

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