06 April 2013
“Those funny round nests on the trees belong to social weaver birds,” explained Reggie. We were seeing a lot of these along the roadside between Karibib and Windhoek, where the bush is very dense and green – in contrast to the stretch between Swakopmund and Usakos, where there is almost no vegetation.
“I suppose you want me to stop so that you can take a photo?” remarked Richard, remembering our long drawn-out quest for the perfect photogenic termite mound.
“How did you know? Yes, please. It’s …” started Reggie.
“… for the blog. I know.” We laughed.
Richard continued, “I suppose you want one that isn’t inaccessible on the other side of the fence, that is close enough to the road, and that is really large, so that Flat Kathy can see what a proper social weaver birds’ nest looks like.”
“Yes, that’s it. Oh, and it must be a photogenic tree.”
Richard told me that the nests themselves can get humungous, shared by over a hundred birds. This cluster wasn’t quite as impressive, but it was still fun to find!