The Architecture of Birds

Snippets from a small collection

It’s surely no secret that I am fascinated by bird nests: the texture, the structure, the sheer variety of forms.

My studio cabinets are home to (amongst other things) a small but treasured collection of nests, all dislodged from their arboreal perches by storms and winds, or gifted to me by family and friends.

Regular readers will also be familiar with the jumble of wire and sticks that is my prized magpie nest, a Brisbane parkland find.

Judging from the number of people who've shared stories with me this month, or sent me photos of nests that they or their friends have found, it seems I'm not the only one to find delight in these wondrous examples of nature's best architects.

So to mark the end of our month exploring nests, please enjoy this small sample from my collection celebrating the intricate beauty of the bird’s nest.