Red-headed Weaver, Gravelotte, South Africa by Sabrina Colombo

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While objectively Covid-19 has brought many challenges worldwide, it also taught us to use our time in a different way and to appreciate the small things that life has to offer us. in my daily and busy life in the bush, I have never really spent time looking at the small animals in the garden. However, it is wonderful to see how many different birds and reptiles populate the areas just outside our homes! Woodland kingfishers, pigmy kingfishers, violet backed starlings, cisticolas, larks, starlings, waxbills, finches are just a few to mention.

I always loved weavers and I am hypnotised by the way in which they build their nests. So much dedication, hard work and consistency is required to build the perfect nest! In fact, if the female is not happy with it, she destroys it and the male has to build a new one. Red-headed weaver males change their head colouration from yellow to red during the breeding season. In order to build their nests, they use branches, sticks and leaves and their nest hangs with the entrance pointing downwards, to make the life of snakes more difficult!
Weavers build their nests in communities and the sound that accompanies their work throughout the day is a great company to me while working!

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