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It takes a village (weaver)

04-13-2010 // Jan France

village weaver by Jan France

 

South Dakota resident Jan France was visiting the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, a park usually noted for its large mammals, when she spotted this village weaver beginning to build its nest. “A village weaver starts the nest-building process by weaving the first strands of grass onto a tree twig,” she writes. When completed, the nest will hang from the twig, with an entrance at the bottom, and the female will lay two or three eggs. There may be many such nests on a single tree. France used a Canon EOS-1D Mark II camera with a 500mm lens and 1.4x extender, all resting on a beanbag.

 

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