Posted by Randeep Singh on January 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Not many humans take the initiative to build ingeniously designed, cozy homes just to woo a mate and to house the to-be-born children, but our tiny little Baya Weaver does it all the time. The male weaves amazing hanging nests that come with heat-shield mechanisms and security checks to stay out of reach of predators. The female inspects these nests midway during the construction, and she accepts the male’s advances only if she is satisfied with the nest and its location. Once this romantic bond is struck, the male goes on to complete the nest and the couple lives and breeds happily thereafter. When females reject nests, some male weavers have been spotted tearing up the nest in frustration too.
For me the best wildlife sanctuary is Harike Wildlife Sanctuary in India as its an hour drive away from my home and it’s very easy for me to travel there every weekend. I had a long day of photography and took a break for a while. I was sitting on the ground and few metres in front of me was a big tree with weaver birds building nest. I was watching the birds building their nest and specially this cute little male Baya Weaver who was bold enough to face the camera and to impress her mate started finishing the nest to show the female how neat his nest was and well-finished, as if made by an expert craftsman. He was trying to hide all the straws sticking out. I was lucky to see this moment and capture it on my camera. Later the female went inside the nest and inspected it. I hope she accepted him as her partner as he really did hard work to impress her. He made so many trips to get bits of plant fibre to create this nest. It was indeed a beautiful moment for me to see through the eyes of my camera the amazing skills of this beautiful bird.