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Baya Weaver

Baya Weaver
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live, Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-29 4:05
Viewed: 4985
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaver found across South and Southeast Asia. They inhabit grassland, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growths usually near fresh or brackish water. They are widespread and common within their distribution area but are prone to local seasonal movements. Despite their species name, they are not found in the Philippines. Three geographical races are recognized. The race philippinus is found through much of mainland India. The race burmanicus is found eastwards into Southeast Asia. A third race travancoreensis is darker above and found in southwest India.

In culture

A widespread local myth is that the Baya uses fireflies stuck to the nest walls with mud to light up the interior of the nest at night. However dry clay is known to be found in the nests of Baya weavers. It is said that they collect blobs of mud when wet, and stick them inside the dome near the egg-chamber. It is also said that they use lumps of dry clay inserted around the rim to stabilise the nests in strong winds.

In earlier times, the Baya Weaver was trained by street performers in India for entertainment. They were trained to fire toy cannons, string beads, pick up coins and other objects. These uses have been noted from the time of Akbar.

The baya is like a wild sparrow but yellow. It is extremely intelligent, obedient and docile. It will take small coins from the hand and bring them to its master, and will come to a call from a long distance. Its nests are so ingeniously constructed as to defy the rivalry of clever artificers.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Ploceus
Species: philippinus

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-29 4:31]

Hello haraprasan, great shot of this beautiful bird, Baya Weaver and its nest. Perfect shot. TFS. Regards,

Hi Haraprasan, splendid shot of this interesting nast-maker bird. many thanks for sharing this.

Hi Haraprasan, wonderful capture of a Baya Weaver and its nest in all aspects. TFS. Regards,

Hi Haraprasan
Wonderful composition with superb fine detail and nice natural color
tfs jon

Buen formato para este impresionante documento, más, para los que no tenemos palmeras en nuestras tierras :-)
Abrazo Haraprasan.

Hi Haraprasan, superb composition of this bird and its nest. Great DOF and POV. TFS. Regards,

Now this image is a shot for the record keeping books. Not so often do we get to see the cribs eh? I have some images of cribs alone, but none with birds alas...and the bird in this image is actually only a secondary to the focal in my opinion...very nice HP!

Haraprasan - this is a beautiful habitat shot of this beauty. They are difficult to shoot from a eye level.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-29 9:57]

Hi Haraprasan,

Wonderful shot of this Baya Weaver (a new bird to me) and his unusual looking nest. Beautiful natural colors, good details and very well composed.


Hi Haraprasan,

great shot of this weavers nest.
Good composition from the weaver and the nest and with natural colors.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-29 12:39]

Hi Haraprasan,
what a big nest!
It must have taken him ages to build :-)
Great capture.
The composition is superb.

Well done!


hello haraprasan,
you got the bird and the nest too, liked the composition and the pov, the focus seems to be a bit soft to me,

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-06-29 23:19]

Hello Harprasan,

Baya with nest is beautiful. Very difficult to capture in this POV with wind. Good capture.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-30 4:03]

Hi Hara,very very interesting shot and excellent information,your choice of point of view and the perfect cropping are impressive,thanks a lot to show us this unknowns reality of your country,have a nice week,luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-30 10:32]

Hello HP,So nice and so clear. Good shot and well composed. Thanks for this beauty. ganesh

Neat shot, HP, and a nice note, too!Maybe Columbus had something to do with the Philipine name, too!

This is a first-hand view of a Baya's nest for me, HP.
Your pictures shows that this bird is a skilled worker without any doubt.
The image is well captured with the bird working on the nest.
TFS and regards.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 21:17]

Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot of this cute little Baya Weaver and its magnificent nest. Very impressive sharpness and colours and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely done. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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