From the Field

One Tree

NEHA SINHA

Sometimes, you pause just to look at one single tree.

Because one single tree is sometimes like Mother Nature herself: giving, sheltering, a world on to itself.

In the Yamuna Biodiversity Park Extension, Wazirabad, North Delhi, this single tree is incubus to dozens of weaver nests.

Photographed on a cold January morning, this tree is home for dozens of tiny weaver birds.

Photographed on a cold January morning, this tree is home for dozens of tiny weaver bird nests.

The single tree is like a colony, or should I say an apartment complex?

The tiny weaver birds build delicate, immaculate nests which would match the most discerning eye for design. Finding twigs and other nesting material, they weave these urn or ‘surahi‘ shaped nests.

The whole structure doesn’t seem predator-proof, though. Then, it’s the arms of the tree, high above the ground, that keep the chicks safe.

If we can keep the tree safe, that’s a fighting chance for the little weaver birds.

Photos: Neha Sinha

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3 thoughts on “One Tree

  1. Thanks so much! It is really rewarding to see a little bird– the weaver bird, which is quite a designer onto itself (perhaps a bit like you.. 🙂 flitting in and out of this ‘apartment complex’ which is this tree. Yes, Nature is amazing!

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