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(acp) SOUTHERN MASKED WEAVER
Southern Masked Weavers are common across most of southern Africa and sometimes occur in large flocks, particularly when breeding. They nest in colonies, the kidney shaped nests hanging from the branches of various Acacia and Combretum trees as well as palm trees and tall reeds. The brightly coloured males are responsible for weaving the nests and use grass or palm leaves in the construction process. Males usually have to construct several nests before a female finds one to her liking. She will then line the nest with soft leaves and feathers before laying her eggs.
(Acknowledgement to photographer Michael Balcomb for the reference photograph.)
On a recent visit to the Kruger National Park, I found myself becoming more and more captivated by sightings of birds. Despite the fact that it was during the dry winter months when the migratory birds are far away in the northern hemisphere, it felt as though I was seeing a greater diversity than on many previous occasions; rollers and sunbirds, orioles and kingfishers, barbets, owls and coucals – suddenly it felt as though there were birds everywhere. Looking back at the photographs from the trip, I have become absorbed by the structure of birds, the detail of the feathers, the shape of the bills, the configuration of the tails. As a result of these observations, I’ve now embarked on a series of bird studies – both pencil drawings and watercolours. Given the incredible variety of species in southern Africa, this could be a long journey!
Signed Limited Edition Print on 300 GSM Fine Art Cotton Paper from an original watercolour painting. This print is delivered rolled into a tube, ready for framing. Free worldwide shipping.
Limited Edition of 25 Fine Art Prints.
Size: 420mm x 300mm
1 in stock