14 Comments

  1. Jackie
    September 1, 2018 @ 12:22 am

    Visiting Namibia is on our travel bucket list. What an interesting thing to come across during your Namibia adventures. From afar, the nests look like beehives. It’s cool to hear how the social weavers survive with little water and they are adorable too.

    • Jyoti
      September 1, 2018 @ 10:04 am

      Hi Jackie, I would totally recommend Namibia and I hope you’ll visit. It was nothing like what I had expected. We went there to see the orange dunes in the Namib desert but we found there is so much more to return for – the wildlife, the okangawa delta, beaches, mountains, the villages and of course the desert. It’s safe, politically stable and upcoming economy.

  2. Alissa
    September 1, 2018 @ 8:49 am

    Such a cool post – I had no idea!! I love that you took the time to investigate and explain these observations. Also it’s pretty amazing that the birds build nests on telephone poles! Thanks for educating me on sociable weavers 🙂

    • Jyoti
      September 1, 2018 @ 10:07 am

      Hi Alissa, thanks so much for recognizing the investigation. I’m always curious about the obscurest things 🙂
      The sociable weaver nests are so intriguing because of their size but the birds and their lifestyle is much more interesting so unique from any fellow species. It’s amazing how evolution works in the face of adversity. Species that innovate, thrive.

  3. Sara Essop
    September 1, 2018 @ 9:42 am

    I saw tons of these while driving through Namibia and wondered what they were. Eventually, our safari guide in Etosha told us. Thanks for sharing more details.

    • Jyoti
      September 1, 2018 @ 10:15 am

      I totally relate to how you would have felt 🙂
      The first one we saw it felt peculiar. The next time it was odd. Then every few miles we’d see another one. I couldn’t resist turning on cellular data where there was almost no signal to check.
      It was great to get up close and witness life in these sociable weaver nests upclose.

      We were self driving. Did your guide share any nuggets of information I haven’t found?

  4. Madhu
    September 1, 2018 @ 10:53 am

    These nest look so big and different I have never seen something like this before. Loved reading the post.

    • Jyoti
      September 2, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

      Hi Madhu, Thanks and I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about little sociable weavers! Its such an expected structure.

  5. Julia Dent
    September 1, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    I have never seen nests like that before, but they look so cool! It’s so interesting that a bird so small could make such a big nest!

    • Jyoti
      September 2, 2018 @ 4:10 pm

      Hi Julia

      You’re totally right! such tiny birds with long lives, amazing social intelligence, brilliant adaption and such massive nests! A testament to survival again all odds.

  6. Mo
    September 1, 2018 @ 3:54 pm

    Fascinating! I can’t say I have ever been too much into birds, but reading your post was like watching a national geographic channel – somehow you are glued to learning about something you never knew 😉
    The animal kingdom and its evolution never cease to amaze me!

    • Jyoti
      September 2, 2018 @ 4:07 pm

      Hi Mo, so well said. Its human nature for us to gravitate to the unexpected. Thanks so much for your compliment.

  7. Alma
    September 5, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    I love these nests. The Kgalagadi has some fine examples.

    • Jyoti
      September 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

      Me too 🙂
      Thanks for sharing a new word ‘Kgalagadi’. According to Wikipedia it means “Land of the thirst”, is a geographical area located in Southern Africa. I’m sure there are many weaver bird nests in the dry regions.