I took this shot at Krishnanagar ( A town near Kolkata).. It is a nest of the BAYA WEAVER birds.. The nest was hanging in a palm tree..
About BAYA WEAVER bird:-
The Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across South and Southeast Asia. Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. These nest colonies are usually found on thorny trees or palm fronds and the nests are often built near water or hanging over water where predators cannot reach easily. They are widespread and common within their range but are prone to local, seasonal movements mainly in response to rain and food availability.
Male of race philippinus displaying at nest
Male of burmanicus race with the bright yellow crown
Female (burmanicus race) feeding juvenile in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
A flock in Hyderabad, India
Among the population variations, three subspecies are recognized. The nominate race philippinus is found through much of mainland India while burmanicus is found eastwards into Southeast Asia. The population in southwest India is darker above and referred to as subspecies travancoreensis.
These are sparrow-sized (15 cm) and in their non-breeding plumage, both males and females resemble female house sparrows. They have a stout conical bill and a short square tail. Non-breeding males and females look alike, dark brown streaked fulvous buff above, plain (unstreaked) whitish fulvous below, eyebrow long and buff coloured, bill is horn coloured and no mask. Breeding males have a bright yellow crown, dark brown mask, blackish brown bill, upper parts are dark brown streaked with yellow, with a yellow breast and cream buff below.
Baya Weavers are social and gregarious birds. They forage in flocks for seeds, both on the plants and on the ground. Flocks fly in close formations, often performing complicated manoeuvres. They are known to glean paddy and other grain in harvested fields, and occasionally damage ripening crops and are therefore sometimes considered as pests. They roost in reed-beds bordering waterbodies. They depend on wild grasses such as Guinea Grass (Panicum maximum) as well as crops like rice for both their food (feeding on seedlings in the germination stage as well as on early stages of grain) and nesting material. They also feed on insects (including butterflies), sometimes taking small frogs, geckos and molluscs, especially to feed their young. Their seasonal movements are governed by food availability. Their calls are a continuous chit-chit-... sometimes ending in a wheezy cheee-eee-ee that is produced by males in a chorus. A lower intensity call is produced in the non-breeding season.
They are occasionally known to descend to the ground and indulge in dust bathing.
In captivity, individuals are known to form stable peck orders.
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flatwin (2181) 2013-07-29 1:02
belle prise de vue de ce nid avec beaucoup de d&tails
Merci de ce partage
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-07-29 1:10
fascinating continuation of your nature series!This one is as great as your previous shot.You have really keen eye for such scenes.It´s well composed and zoomed and has excellent quality.
Have a nice day
psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-29 1:19
Awesome capture. Nice timing and good clarity
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-29 2:12
o-ho, ki chhobi! Just awesome. Great moment captured dear brother. You are so good in wild life photography. Eta khub sundor hoyechhe. Love those birds. The nest is looking superb with them... Light is managed masterfully. Great colours. Eto bhalo ekta frame dekhanor jonyo dhonyobad.
alpi1500 (1520) 2013-07-29 3:00
Very nice capture.I like POV.THE bird is very cute
Have a nice day
Pietrow (306) 2013-07-29 4:10
What's a great moment ! Perfectly framed.
Miguel82 (27648) 2013-07-29 5:40
Lovely capture dear Indrashish, you took that couple in a private moment
Their nest is a long work and it's superb
A brillant picture with excellent sharpness
Have a nice day
ManishaJain (292) 2013-07-29 6:35
Stunning shot Indrashish with excellent sharpness and contrast. I always admire this bird....so neat in its architect skills....you have brought its talent so beautifully on screen.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-29 6:40
a fascinating shot this and so well captured. So much work and effort gone into this amazing nest and its looks wonderful in this setting. Absorbing and eye-catching imagery!
Have a good week - Brian.
goodwill (4226) 2013-07-29 7:15
Cracking shot with beauty and majesty of the Nest. Elegantly composed with the beauty of intense labor by the tiny bird.
papagolf21 (105410) 2013-07-29 23:48
Encore une bien belle prise de vue avec ces deux oiseaux colorés.
L'image est belle et touchante.
Une réussite totale.
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2013-07-30 0:22
What an elaborate construction, I have never seen a nest like this before. It looks almost like it could double as a musical instrument! Great capture of this, especially with the two birds positioned as they are like this. Great moment, well done.
ikeharel (74825) 2013-07-30 2:47
A perfectly built nest, amazing how those birds can erect such a structure.
Love the photo, great clear image and an intriguing subject.
zoomer (6) 2013-07-30 7:22
Hi,lovely natural scene,well composed with great light.All the best,Wolf.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-07-30 10:04
Wow! Excellent capture of those nesting birds! Daddy is checking the eggs? Great pov and sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-07-31 4:23
Very nice image of the beavers nest.Great eyes for such excellent photography.Truly attractive and lively picture!Fantastic and wonderful composition.Keep sharing.