Our Sandwich Tern decoys are essentially the same pattern as our Common Tern decoys, though with a different paint job. These are carved from pine and cedar and are life sized, so measure approximately 17" from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. They are flat on the bottom, so will sit nicely on a shelf in home or office, and are easily rigged to fasten in place, should that be necessary. In case you wondered, yes, we pay the same attention to detail whether making a single decoy or 50 or more for a restoration project.
The lot shown in the photo at the top of the page was made for a seabird restoration project in the UK. They are painted with acrylics which are easy to apply and remarkably durable, considering the rough treatment they often receive from the elements. Like all of our working decoys, these are accurately but simply painted so that they can be repainted by interns when the time comes. It's not out of the question to have them still looking good after years of continuous battering where they are placed on ledges and rafts. Some are inevitably destroyed by predators and waves, but others endure for years and years. One organization found that they could auction off weathered decoys to help defray expenses and to offset the cost of ordering more–not a bad idea at all.
Should you be interested in ordering multiple decoys, you should contact us for pricing and shipping information. FYI, large orders are shipped in double wall 24" x 24" x 24" boxes with a maximum of 32 decoys per box.
Here's a closer look at one of those Sandwich Terns...
To date, our complete family of terns includes: Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Sandwich Terns, Sooty Terns, Forster's Terns and Least Terns.
Whether you require one or hundreds, we can help.