The southern masked weaver or African masked weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa. This weaver nests in colonies, mainly from September to January. 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. This southern masked weaver was captured in Namibia.
Nikon D5; AF-S NIKKOR 800 mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens at 800mm; 1/2000 sec at f8; ISO 800.