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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Alternative uses for alpaca fibre

I was at the outdoor sink the other day when I thought I spotted a large spiders nest in the Fiddlewood tree.
Can you see the minute "nest" in the centre
of the 
fiddlewood?
Upon closer inspection I discovered...
The most adorable little nest positioned
perfectly in the centre of the tree - away
from predators and harsh weather
  ... it was a teeny, weeny birds nest.  Literally the size of a duck egg.

And, to my delight, upon closer inspection, I found this...
The bird had lined it's nest with alpaca fibre
... the nest is lined with scraps of alpaca fibre - and judging from the colour it's all from Kris.  A bird must have collected the scraps when we were shearing the alpacas last October.  It almost looks as though it managed to felt the fibre lol

Wow - those baby birds sure had it good whilst they were growing up.  Alpaca fibre is said to be 7 times warmer than other wool.

I love that - it takes surplus, waste and repurposing to a whole new level :)

8 comments:

  1. Such clever creatures birds. We 'share' our cats moulted fur with the birds by throwing it into the garden after grooming her. Our local birdies love it.

    Jean
    x

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    1. Jean - Fur balls also??? ;)

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  2. Dani - that is so awesome! do you know what kind of bird built the nest? it is so darn tiny! and am i the only one who thinks Minky looks like he/she comes from the dark side? that is one angry looking alpaca!!!

    much love to you and yours always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. kymber - I've have no idea which bird made the nest.

      Nah - Minky is smiling - check his mouth :) He is one big hearted alpaca :D

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  3. They must have been the warmest chicks around! Clever parents :)

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    1. Chickpea - They must've :D

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  4. That is so true. And what a smart bird for doing that. It also reminds me it's time to put out the fibers for the wild birds around here.

    Jen

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    1. Jen - A very smart bird :) Oh, I'm sure the birds will love your fibre too :)

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