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Ross Cheshire


Ross was born and raised in Durban, spending many a family holiday in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal. It is here that his love and passion for the African Bush developed. He decided to combine his love of working with people and ...

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on The Evolution of Birds Nests

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

As I really love birds, this was a great article for me, Ross. Thanks! Great photos. It’s really amazing how birds can camouflage their nests and raise their chicks though they are so vulnerable.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The Xinkova female is a wonderful young lady! So glad she’s so successful, looking forward to her news. What a list of interesting birds! Grey Herons live here where we live as well, they are large beautiful birds that opportunistically change the construction of their nests, it depends on the location they build it. They are voracious predators and eat anything they can. Weavers always leave me in awe, rhe way they intertwine the grass. The Spurlfow clearly is aware of the vulnerability of her eggs, after all she can’t fly like others. Beautiful blog

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Ross your foto’s are stunning and thanks for showing us the different nest. We have a Woodlands Kingfisher in the tree in my neighbors yard. There is a small hole in the bark and it sounds like 3 or 4 chick’s in there. Both parents feed the chick’s and you can hear the chick’s chirpping in the hole. Can not wait to see them come out there and learn to fly. The red billed ox pecker sleeps in the roof at night. We stay in a reserve and have stunning bird life here with different antelope, zebras, blue wildebeest, giraffe’s and many more animals.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Interesting how each creature has evolved to take advantage of its own special traits. Thank Ross for the look at some of the nests and nesting habits of the birds of Londolozi.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Interesting reading Ross, and I’m surmising that most of these birds mentioned, hatch and raise their chicks during the summer months. For one visiting early autumn, are there still any nests with eggs/chicks and if so, what species? Perhaps during this next visit I can improve my bird identification…..

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Good read Ross – I wonder if any bird nesting one way has evolved to nest in another over time?

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I love the variation and intricacies (or not) of bird nests. Birds truly are natures architects. I found a small nest from last season in my neighborhood the other day, after it had been blown out of a tree. It was a beautiful cup style nest with twigs, grasses and animal hair and fur.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very cool information and accompanying images Ross!

Vin Beni
Master Tracker

Great photo of the eye peeking through the tree bark!

Michael Kalm
Senior Digital Ranger

fantastic collection and great focus (I mean of ideas – as well as lens!)

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Simply fascinating Ross. Thank you for highlighting this.

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