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Sociable weaver nests

Sociable weaver nests
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-26 21:23
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Sociable weaver nests

I shot this photo just before sunset on the way home from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The aree we travelled throug did not have any tres, only bushes, so the sociable waevers built their nests on the next best thing, telephone poles!

The sociable weaver is a master of construction and nests can provide home to up to 300 birds according to South African National Parks Official Information Brochure, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, The Tourism Blueprint, 2004. Besides providing ideal protection against the harsh elements of the semi-desert, South African pygmy falcons (Polihierax semitorquatus) rely completely on the nests of the sociable weaver to survive. White excrement around the opening of the nest indicates the presence of the pygmy falcon in the nest.

The nests are constructed in such a way that the inside temperature never exceeds 30° Celsius in summer or 15° Celsius in the winter. Some scientists speculate that regulating the temperature inside the nest helps the birds to conserve energy and this limits their consumption of water, which would explain their ability to survive in the dry Kalahari Desert.

Other birds like the pied barbet, familiar chat, redheaded finch, ashy tit, rosy-faced lovebird and even owls often co-inhabit the nests of sociable weavers as homes, nests or for protection.

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Interesting shot, good observation and perfect execution Peter! Do not be surprised if the moderators removed that image from the website. Generally they do not accept images of man made structures! I could be wrong however! Thanks for sharing. I love this image!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter! Good idea, good take, fantastic light and shadow. Superb contrast. Original composition. Fine note. Well done!

Hi Peter,
Guess they don't pay for electricity in their lodges as well. Bad joke, I know:-)

Bonjour Peter,
C'est bien vu et superbement restitué dans une ambiance qui s'y prête et sous une lumière bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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