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Thick-billed Weaver

Amblyospiza albifrons

Description:

This male was very focused when bilding this nest. With the utmost precision he weaved tiny strings of grass into this solid nest. I watched him for over ten minutes before he flew off. The nest here is far from done. It takes the male 2-12 days to finish it, and on this nest, the narrow entrance, pointing towards the ground, is still missing.

Habitat:

Reedbed of a small dam. Mkhaya game reserve, Swaziland

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21 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

It is a tough job for sure! According to the link, the male of this bird sometimes gets a bit too creative and builds the nest in a tree instead of reeds or papyrus. That one always gets rejected :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Maybe a lady's in there letting him know she doesn't like it :-) I do not know about this species, but in some weavers in the genus Ploceus if a female rejects a nest it will then be destroyed :-(

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

And thank you Noel and Bhagya for your comments :)
And Noel, I agree.. Sckel has some fantastic series :P

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Yes :P Mark. He looks a bit grumpy and perhaps a bit scared. Imagine to work your tail off for a few days in a row, just to hope to charm a lady. I would have the same expression in my face if I had to do that for a man! Teamwork is the way to go!

And Kel, I would not mind if Tarzan would save me :) Would feel a bit uncomfortable if he was not properly dressed though!

Arya, the nest made by this one is just fantastic and so solid compared to the golden weavers, but I agree with you, the yellow weavers is a bit more active and fun to watch and photograph!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Oh, Mark! you're right! how funny.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

What a fabulous structure. It's like there's someone inside yelling at him though. :)

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 7 years ago

Very nice series, Sckel!

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Oh, sorry. I don't want you sinking in the lowland. Maybe Tarzan will not be around. ;)

Arya
Arya 7 years ago

I actually like this one better than the Golden Weaver! Although the Golden Weaver does have more personality in pictures

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

beautiful series Tiz......

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Would have loved to take a closer look, but that place is a shallow dam. Two months ago there were no reeds there and it was more or less open water. Not it is all green! I think it is a seasonal thing. I guess what I am trying to say is that it is difficult to reach the nest :D

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

I think good that male birds building nest, to females save energy. Men should follow this example. You could have waited for the bird to move away from the nest, then you make some pictures of the inside of the nest without harming the work of the bird; maybe you take some strong pecks on the head. but it is the most fun part of being a photographer. : D

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you Patty, Staccyh and dear Daniele! It means a lot that comment on this, and I am so happy that you appreciate the spotting :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Wonderful bird and series Tiz!

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

Lovely series Tiz :)

patty
patty 7 years ago

Wonderful series and beautiful bird and nest! Great spotting Tiz =)

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you Ava and RiekoS :) I am so impressed by the hard work it takes to build this nest, and he does not even know if the female will accept it... :)

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Very nice and interesting series. Thank you for sharing.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Beautiful series!

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you Alice :)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Very nice series!

Tiz
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Mbabane, Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Spotted on Dec 24, 2013
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014

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