I have a zoo at my place at the moment or a bird sanctuary at least. Between the Rainbow Lorikeets, Galahs, and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, everyone is getting a feed of my yummy fruit.
So to stop the little blighters getting at my still unripe Jonathan apples, I used some exclusion bags to protect them. Have a look at this video to see how I am protecting apples using exclusion bags.
I used these last year with much success. I believe that the theory is out of sight out of mind. If the birds can’t see fruit, then they don’t attack the exclusion bags. You can tie them closed with cotton twine, twist ties, or even rubber bands.
Certainly beats netting the entire tree and is a great organic method of protecting fruit from codling moth and birds!