Vitelline masked weaver building nest
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
"Although similar in appearance and closely related to the masked weaver (Ploceus intermedius), the vitelline masked weaver is far less gregarious and pairs often nest alone. Their elegant onion-shaped nests also distinguish them from masked weavers which have courser spherical nests. I spent several mornings photographing this male making the finishing touches to his masterpiece. Drab looking (in comparison) females arrived from time to time inspecting the nest's exterior and interior only to promptly leave as if to say 'It's still not good enough'. Maybe his interiors were letting him down!"