Baya Weaver Kuiburi Thailand 1

Baya Weavers Building Nests at Kuiburi National Park

It all began with this bird and a second-hand canon-mount manual lens from eBay attached to an extension adapter bridging a Sony a6000, that at first I never thought it was even possible. But here it is, my first bird to photograph, the Baya Weaver.

Baya Weaver

The baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent 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. (Wikipedia)

Baya Weaver Building a Nest at Kuiburi

We were accompanied by the Kuiburi Park Rangers (one of the best park rangers in the world), in going on a trail near a lake when we spotted a tree with hanging nests by its side. Approaching the tree with care not to drive out the birds, we were able to have a good view of the amazing Baya Weavers.

With only a 200mm lens, I was able to capture priceless lifer shots. The time around the park was a great experience, as in so many parks in Thailand, they are well managed and protected.

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