One of life’s greatest pleasures must be the chirping of birds in the morning. So bring on more birdsong by giving the little tweeters a home away from home. No matter what style of garden you have, one of our three favourite bird feeders will make a noteworthy feature in your garden – attracting the attention of all your friends, feathered or not.
- For a hands-on bird feeder with a twist, check out Sheldon Kennedy of Demode in Durban's quirky creation. The feeder is made from sustainable Obeche or Jacaranda wood, and the best part about it is that you can assemble it yourself. The kit contains easy-to-follow instructions which are ideal for children, as well as little signs to make it unique. 'We are quite happy to personalise these signs for customers, provided they order well in advance,' says Sheldon. The Demode bird feeder kit is available for R120 from the Corner Café, 197 Brand Road, Glenwood; Mooi in Bulwer Road, Glenwood; Fat Tuesday in Bellevue Road, Kloof or online at daisydolots.co.za. For more Demode products, visit demode.co.za.
- We love the clean, modern lines of Joe Paine’s Fold Feeder, which comes in a gorgeous sunshine yellow. 'Inspired by paper origami birds, the fold feeder subtly resembles a perched Giant Eagle Owl,' explains Joe. 'Bent from one sheet of special Origami Steel, its construction is a bending break operator’s worst nightmare.' Another great feature is that it is rodent proof, making it more attractive to birds. The Fold Feeder is available exclusively at Dokter And Misses stores at 44 Stanley, Johannesburg and 113 Long Street, Cape Town, and at joepaine.com
- Our third bird feeder is pretty ingenious, namely because it's made from discarded mechanical parts. Zimbabwean artist Nicky makes each feeder by hand, ensuring that they're all unique. Because the structure is about 1.5m tall, you can put it pretty much anywhere, as long as the ground is level. Available from Highway Patio and Outdoor for R550, this feeder is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of quirk. Call 031 765 5825 or visit patioandoutdoor.co.za for more info.