Our Sooty 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. Note that head positions vary–an important feature as far as the live birds are concerned.
The flock shown at the top of the page and in the larger image below were made for a seabird relocation project on Wake Island in the South Pacific (It seems they were nesting perilously close to a runway.) These were drilled to sit on rods in the ground and heavily treated with insecticide to ward off the voracious island termites.
And this is where the Sooties went...
That's Wake Island. And here is one group of them deployed, complete with solar array to power the green speaker there on the left.
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.