This series tells the story of a male southern masked weaver bird in South Africa. Melding the practical skills of your typical DIY homeowner with an architectural sensitivity that would make I. M. Pei drool, weaver birds systematically tear apart old nests to build anew, literally weaving strands of grass into a lightweight but rock-solid cocoon of a nest. With a clear passion for urban renewal, this particular weaver bird exhibits the deft acrobatics of demolition, while fighting off the competition in this prime location. Accomplishing his goal only after long hours of pecking, pulling, tearing, and yanking from all sides, the weaver bird finally begins to rebuild. Consider this the 16 stages of home renovation, if you will.
This collection of photographs is in part: a story, a comedy, doing what it takes for your mate, patience, looking at the world upside down, a flash of yellow, hanging by a thread, a perfect circle, the nesting instinct, and, of course, location, location, location.
For a play-by-play synopsis, click on the first thumbnail below, The Weaver Bird, Compilation (2015).