The Baya Weaver Project

  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: This chap, perched on the upper branches of the tree, had the most mournful of all faces. There is a charm in observing their faces from up-close. Probably because these birds are rarely observed from that close. The darkness on the ‘cheeks’ seems to add this expressional detail. Which, in this case, seems to suggest one very, very…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: Fancy me? The fellow featured here is a male of burmanicus race, with the distinctive  bright yellow crown. Hanging from the semi-finished nest. The Baya Weavers nest in colonies typically of up to 20-30, close to the source of food, nesting material and water. They are best known for the elaborately woven nests constructed by the males. The…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: The fellow featured here is a male of burmanicus race, with the distinctive  bright yellow crown. Quite a dashing chap, if you ask me. Guess if you’re looking to catch the eye of some pretty female Baya Weaver, you must be look sharp, no? Ref: wikipedia ©2012 Rahul Jauhari. All rights reserved.



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: So here’s the male Baya weaver with his semi-finished nest. While the nest building process is fascinating, their behaviour itself is quite interesting. Once the nests are partially built, the males begin to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling while hanging from their nests. It’s part of the mating process. The females…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: The best part about this birding trip was that I got to observe the nest building and mating process. The intricate nest building process is fascinating. The facts revolving around this process are doubly fascinating. The nests are woven with long strips of paddy leaves, rough grasses and long strips torn from palm fronds. Each strip…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: There once existed an interesting myth about this amazing bird in India. It was believed that the Baya sticks fireflies with mud to the nest walls to provide internal lighting. I guess once you see its nest making abilities, you expect it to do magic 🙂 I spotted this handsome young chap in the mating season amidst…



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  • Baya Weaver (female)

    Baya Weaver (female)

    The Baya Weaver Project: So here’s the lady Baya Weaver. Sweet, innocent, apt. And the story of these ladies is quite interesting too. It seems the male Baya Weaver has to really sweat it out before this young lady says yes to him. The male builds most of the amazing nest, while the female adds finishing touches inside 🙂 Check out…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: I was fortunate enough to get the chance to shoot these amazing birds from close by. And in this case I got them with a uncluttered sky in the background. Makes them stand out just that bit more. The Baya Weavers nest in colonies typically of up to 20-30, close to the source of food, nesting material…



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