Bird Nests by Dillon Marsh
Dillon Marsh has captured these breathtaking nests built by the Sociable Weaver birds. Found only in South Africa these birds build large compound community nests, a rarity among birds. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird. Sociable weavers construct permanent nests on trees and other tall objects. These nests are the largest built by any bird, and are large enough to house over a hundred pairs of birds, containing several generations at a time. Dillon Marsh based in South Africa is a landscape focused artist and photographer and tells us about the the thoughts behind his projects:
“In these series I seek to find things that are out of the ordinary, picking them out of the landscape where they might otherwise blend in,” he says. “I choose objects that can be found in multitude within their environment so that I can depict a family of objects in a series of photographs. By displaying each project as such, I feel I am able to show both the character of the individual members, and the characteristics that make these objects a family. In the vast barren landscapes of the southern Kalahari, Sociable Weaver Birds assume ownership of the telephone poles that cut across their habitat. Their burgeoning nests are at once inertly statuesque and teeming with life. The twigs and grass collected to build these nests combine to give strangely recognisable personalities to the otherwise inanimate poles.