The following pictures were clicked while hiking in Jaipur through the forest. With a couple of friends, we climbed atop a hill which is off mark for most humans except for few locals who venture in these forest areas to cut trees and use the wood to fire stoves for cooking food.
We were making very slow progress, amidst dry stems, thorns, and cactus which kind of became difficult to navigate. We barely covered 30 percent of our way in the stipulated time frame and we were getting late. It was getting hotter with the bright sun shining in the sky. Moreover, the thorns and dry stems were badly bruising our skin!
The decision was made and we all decided to make an exit from that point itself. We descended from a very steep hill. There was no trail and to make the matters tough, the surface was “loaded” with gravel, giving us a tough time to plant our feet on the surface. After careful descend, we ended up in a jungle on flat land.
While navigating through the forest, I turned around to have a last look at the point from where we made our exit on the hill. I was rewarded with the following view! I spotted a nest of weaver bird called Baya (Ploceus philippinus)
Baya chooses to build a pendulous retort shaped nest on thorny trees to ward off predators. It is suspended from the tree.
About Baya Bird And The Nest
Baya is also called a weaver bird. It closely resembles sparrow but sports yellow instead of brown color. The nest is built by a male Baya bird. Generally, the bird builds a nest as a colony. You are unlikely to find a solo Baya bird nest. The bird prefers thorny trees if it is a low tree else a tall tree is preferred. The above tree is also full of thorns. Over the years, the population of the weaver bird has dwindled in India owing to the destruction of forests and trees; rapid urbanization is to be blamed.
(This post has been created in response to Weekly Photo challenge – Weight(less)! )