Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

September 26, 2010

Buffet de Luxe

Filed under: September — Hennie van Heerden @ 9:46 pm

We’ve turned our bird buffet into a ‘Buffet de Luxe’ :-).

Next to the bird feeding table Hans has dug in 2 old tree trunks upright in the garden. Next he got the chainsaw and cut in oval holes. My experiment with making fat balls, heating up frying fat with lots of seeds and nuts had actually gone wrong because I had put in too many seeds, so the fat couldn’t hold it together. (you should have seen the kitchen!! :-))

But.. the concoction was perfect to fill the holes in the tree with. Lovely job, because to make it stick you have to warm the fatty mass in your hands, then sort of clay it all together and then smear it into the hole. Nice dirty job 🙂

The result was 5 large holes filled with nutricious seeds, nuts and first class fat. Of course we rushed in and hid behind the windows to see if the birds would find the sticky treats. We were happy as children when within 5 minutes, the tits and nuthatches rushed in to feast on this new surprise.

When the next morning 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers hit the buffet we really felt rewarded for our efforts.



  1. […] Today it was rainy and cloudy, so I couldn’t make any in-flight shots (using a mirror which reflects the sun on the branch, as light source). So I focused on ‘pretty pictures’ in stead. So all of these pictures you see here are 100% natural in light and background colors. The tree and the Maple branch however I have placed in the garden. (see my earlier post: Buffet-de-Luxep> […]

    Pingback by Autumn Glow in the making « Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary — November 1, 2010 @ 6:38 am | Reply

  2. You have some brilliant and lovely photos on your blog… thank you for sharing them.

    Comment by bigbusdriver — January 3, 2011 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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