Image of the Week

Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis), aerobatic nest building, Fancourt, George, South Africa

Canon EOS R5 with Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens attached with Canon RF-EF adapter

ISO 2500. 1/200sec at f/5.  Exposure set manually

It is that time of year again. The Cape Weavers are very busy building nests.This particular weaver seemed to be quite ambitious in terms of the size of his nest. Amazing how aerobatic they are, He seems to weave whilst hanging on with one leg. It has paid off as he has been successful in luring a female into his nest. I would have felt sorry for him if she had rejected this nest after all his hard work.

The image was captured on a very cloudy day – hence the high ISO used in order to get a static image of the bird. Not only do they move about quickly but they also fan their wings at high speed. The autofocusing capabilities of the R5 again made the image a better possibility. Electronic shutter was used so the shooting speed was 20 frames per second. This also helped in getting this particular pose.