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Dillon Marsh / South Africa ASSIMILATION 1, 2010 In the vast barren landscapes of the southern Kalahari, Sociable Weaver Birds assume ownership of the telephone poles that cut across their habitat, as well as other manmade structures. Their burgeoning nests are at once inertly statuesque and teeming with life, combining nests of many birds. The nests resemble a pile of hay with entrance holes placed underneath in order to deter nest invaders. The twigs and grass collected to build these nests combine to give strangely recognisable personalities to the otherwise inanimate poles. In often extreme climate circumstances, shifting from intense heat during the day to cold nights, the birds are protected by their sophisticated engineering skills. Courtesy of the artist 137


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