These weaver birds bring back fond memories of my fieldwork camp in Peru which was surrounded by their tear-shaped nests. They are such beautiful creatures. Other photos from this wildlife series are not so nice.
Indian baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) birds fly near their nest on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar. Baya weaverbirds are found across the Indian subcontinent and south-east Asia. Flocks are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort-shaped nests woven from leaves. Photograph: Asit Kumar/AFP/Getty Images