Good morning everyone! The kalahari has been quiet this week due to lots of rain. Birds have been active and the Southern Masked Weaver or African Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) are everywhere. The Wattled starlings are bathing in the puddles of water and the weavers are building nests to impress the ladies!
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, but sometimes in suburbia. This weaver also nests in reeds. Eggs of the wrong colouration are ejected by the nest owners.
The lions, leopards and cheetah’s has been quiet this week, so hopefully now that is getting hotter, they will make there appearance again!
Sjoe, baie mooi! Dankie.
Good thing that thorn points out of the nest and not into it. Could give you a nasty surprise on your bum!
Would be an awesome MTN advert photo if you could get the bird to hold an MTN sim-card in its feet while it did this 😉
Is that an Owl I can see in the background?
Wow, dit is ‘n pragtige foto. Die Kaapse Weaver maak altyd hulle neste in ons Koorsboom hier in Sedgefield.
Ons kom middel Maart lekker kuier in die Kalagadi.
Nice fotos Hannes……laat weet as jy n draai by ons wil kom maak
Beautiful photo – Ahhhhh the eyes.
See we’re watching you
By the way I dunno how to send you a photo, but I happen to have one very similar one and blow me down it’s got an MTN Sim card.! I’ll send it to you by e-mail
Trust you & Noa are enjoying the cooler weather
Dankie, dankie nou sien ek die nesbouery van naby!Altyd net uit my kombuisvenster moes tuur om die betrywigheid in die palm oorkant die straat dop e hou.
Great shot….love the look the bird has…..to catch it in flight…WOW
Ongelooflike foto! Lekker week.
Baie mooi foto, lyk my die Kgalagadi is besig om mooi groen te raak.
Stunning pic Hannes,kalahari looking awesome! We’re coming up from PE on the 10 April,if there’s anything you need,please shout and we’ll bring up for you!