26 June 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Necessity is the mother of invention

These finch nests have been built on the power lines, alongside the main road near the Mohale Dam in Lesotho. This is the best option for these birds, as there are no trees in this part of the word. It also raises the question about what they did before the power lines were built. My guess is that they were probably not in the area and that the powerlines have helped them to extend their range.


If you look closely you will see the nests suspended from these power lines. I am not sure what species of finch this is,as none were around when were drove past. Thanks for the picture Suzi-k.


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47 comments:

photowannabe said...

Fascinating. I think you are right about necessity being the mother of invention. Its hard to imagine no trees....

Luke Wiley said...

interesting one!
My Sky Watch Friday post

quinttarantino said...

Not only great photos but a very well chosen title for your post!

Rose said...

I agree with Quint--great title for the post. Who would ever have thought of birds building nests there? Glad you thought to share them with us.

SandyCarlson said...

Those finch nests are amazing. Anything's possible!

fishing guy said...

Max: What a cool capture for SWF.

Anemone said...

Never ever seen anything like it!!
So really nice and interesting. Thanks for showing me :-))


Nice weekend to you, from Anne in Norway.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Whoa, that's totally cool. Neat post and thanks for pointing this out to us!
Mountain Retreat

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So I am not participating in Sky Watch Friday just because I might not be able to make it around to all.


I enjoyed seeing your blog post for Sky Watch Friday and I thought your photography was excellent. Those finch nests are marvels of construction.

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RuneE said...

Finches have been crucial in evolutionary theory before, so what you say may well be right. That is, if there weren't any trees in days very long gone by?

me ann my camera said...

The hanging nests are wonderful! Its looks as if they were hung on a close line to dry. Amazing.

varying seasons

Juliana RW said...

interest sky....

Mine in here. Thanks

picturing said...

love blue sky

Please visit mine also in here Thanks

Julie said...

Such a powerful set of eyes, you have Max. Aren't birds the most wonderful creatures. I like your broader landscape - reminds me of my own country.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well spotted.. perfect Sky Watch shots..
Ha!.. I have been on You Tube today... watching Zulu and listening to the chants and the Welshmen singing back.. thats your bloody fault.. ;o)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Max! That is amazing! Thanks for having such a sharp eye to see these. Poor birdies, with no trees. But... survival of the fittest, and they have figured out how to breed and nest under those conditions! Go, Finches!

Jenty said...

Wow, what an incredible shot!

Voz do meu Coração said...

Very beautiful and interesting these photos, congratulations.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

This is a fantastic post. At first when I saw the nests, I thought the weavers were getting creative. As always, the scenery can't be beat.

bobbie said...

Nor did I ever see anything like this- It is amazing. Great shots.

Pretty Life Online said...

Pretty one for SWF! Which reminds me the quote... "we all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon".... Mine's up too hope you can drop by. Happy Weekend!

Sherry said...

What an interesting post. Great photos.

Greyscale Territory said...

What an incredible shot of the bird nests! I have never seen anything like that before!

Love rural scene in the 2nd pic!

Me & my puppies said...

Sky Watch ~ fun people taking amazing photos, nicely done.

Carletta said...

What a terrific capture!
Does make you wonder what they did before the power lines.
A really cool photo.

Raven said...

Fascinating. Great photos and interesting information. I always enjoy learning new things.

Ms. Hays said...

You definitely take nice photos - great captures

Happy Sky Watch Friday

Petunia said...

No trees? OMG! Can't image how that would be like.
Very nice post you have here:)

Petunia's SWF

Gary said...

Stunning shots - what clever birds and what a lovely landscape - almost like a Marlboro ad!!

Happy Sky Watch!
Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Andrea said...

I have never seen finch nests. Interesting post.

Andrea said...

I have never seen finch nests. Interesting post.

nina said...

Love those nests.


Nina at Nature Remains

esnorway said...

nice shoots

AnneKa said...

What an interesting and great photos. Love it. From AnneKa in Norway

Shimmy Mom said...

LOVE the first shot. Those are amazing.

John said...

Very Fascinating! Great shots.
Have a nice weekend.

For The People said...

I have never seen a nest like that. Super cool! SWF

babooshka said...

I follow birds and their habbits, but
I have never seen anything like this.
The second one has a great sense of space and freedom. Both superb,

sonia a.m. said...

These finch nests are really amazing! Great photos!

Bob Johnson said...

Great shot, interesting about extending their range.

Swubird said...

Max-e:

Those fabulous shots of the great countryside are really something. Love them all. What a beautiful place.

Happy trails.

me ann my camera said...

Hi, I have already visited your sky watch (see above) but I just wanted to say 'thank you' for the comments you have left on mime. Much appreciated.

AnneKa said...

Sky Watch friday you can find on this blog : AnneKa's Foto
http://annekafoto.blogspot.com/
And there I try to write in English. :-)

AnneKa said...

Yes, they live there all year. Myken lie in the Gulf Stream and almost all of Norway's coast, even that part in the Arctic, remains free of ice and snow throughout the winter. We are very lucky to have the Golf Stream.

Kerri said...

Wow! I have never seen anything like this! Great post!

Cheesy said...

NEATO! They remind me of very fat hairy bats hanging there...

Merisi said...

Thoses nests are out of this world, amazing! :-)