Good morning everyone! The kalahari has been quiet this week due to lots of rain. Birds have been active and the Southern Masked Weaver or African Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) are everywhere. The Wattled starlings are bathing in the puddles of water and the weavers are building nests to impress the ladies!
Males have several female partners, and build a succession of nests, typically 25 each season. The nests, like those of other weavers, are woven from reed, palm or grass. A female will line a selected nest with soft grass and feathers. The nest is built in a tree, often over water, but sometimes in suburbia. This weaver also nests in reeds. Eggs of the wrong colouration are ejected by the nest owners.
The lions, leopards and cheetah’s has been quiet this week, so hopefully now that is getting hotter, they will make there appearance again!