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The Nest Of Weaver Birds

The Nest Of Weaver Birds
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Copyright: Indrasish Guha (indrasish) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (170)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-08-21 0:55
Viewed: 2666
Points: 18
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I took this shot at Krishnanagar ( A town near Kolkata).. It is a nest of the BAYA WEAVER birds.. The nest was hanging in a palm tree..
About BAYA WEAVER bird:-
The Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across South and Southeast Asia. Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. These nest colonies are usually found on thorny trees or palm fronds and the nests are often built near water or hanging over water where predators cannot reach easily. They are widespread and common within their range but are prone to local, seasonal movements mainly in response to rain and food availability.
Among the population variations, three subspecies are recognized. The nominate race philippinus is found through much of mainland India while burmanicus is found eastwards into Southeast Asia. The population in southwest India is darker above and referred to as subspecies travancoreensis.
These are sparrow-sized (15 cm) and in their non-breeding plumage, both males and females resemble female house sparrows. They have a stout conical bill and a short square tail. Non-breeding males and females look alike, dark brown streaked fulvous buff above, plain (unstreaked) whitish fulvous below, eyebrow long and buff coloured, bill is horn coloured and no mask. Breeding males have a bright yellow crown, dark brown mask, blackish brown bill, upper parts are dark brown streaked with yellow, with a yellow breast and cream buff below.
Baya Weavers are social and gregarious birds. They forage in flocks for seeds, both on the plants and on the ground. Flocks fly in close formations, often performing complicated manoeuvres. They are known to glean paddy and other grain in harvested fields, and occasionally damage ripening crops and are therefore sometimes considered as pests. They roost in reed-beds bordering waterbodies. They depend on wild grasses such as Guinea Grass (Panicum maximum) as well as crops like rice for both their food (feeding on seedlings in the germination stage as well as on early stages of grain) and nesting material. They also feed on insects (including butterflies), sometimes taking small frogs, geckos and molluscs, especially to feed their young. Their seasonal movements are governed by food availability. Their calls are a continuous chit-chit-... sometimes ending in a wheezy cheee-eee-ee that is produced by males in a chorus. A lower intensity call is produced in the non-breeding season.
They are occasionally known to descend to the ground and indulge in dust bathing.
In captivity, individuals are known to form stable peck orders.

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That's a prize shot of the typical nest of Baya Weavers, Indrasish.
The adult and its chick inside the nest are in sharp focus and the eye contact between them makes this capture very lively.
Well done and TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-21 2:12]

Hi Indrasish,this is very interesting,not usual to see bird in the nest on TN,the pis is really beautiful,perfect point of view to create this imposing perspective and excellent exposure,details and colors,they are great architecht as i can see...ehehe..have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Super shot Indrasish! This nest of Baya weavers is very impressive and you have captured the birds very well. Thanks for sharing this nice snap.Best Regards,

Hi Indrasish
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥 更美是他的鳥巢
第一次見到過這種相片 很驚奇

Dear Indrasish,
I like weaver birds very much particularly watching the male weaving the nest! It's truly heartbreaking he pulling it apart , when the female rejects his handiwork ! Your photo shows well the hard work the bird has to do maintaining the nest! The fresh, green grass the repair work . Do you think, they repaired an old nest (the yellow grass) from last year?

The natural colours make it a pleasure to view the image.

I am adding your excellent photo with the educational notes to my theme "Animals' Behaviour".

Thank for sharing,
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

hallo Indra
very nice details of this nest
the colours and sharpness are very good
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-21 8:50]

Hello Indrasish,
Beautiful photo taken with an excellent timing. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Taken from the best POV.

Hello Indrasish
Another good picture with perfect composition and Pov.
perfect colour of this Baya Weaver with the nest.
best wishes,
samiran da

beautiful capture, good clarity and nice colours

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