There are a large range of visual decoys available on the market. Many of these decoys are misunderstood and we often see a decoy such as an owl used in many ways and for different species. This is a common misconception about visual decoys often results in unsuccessful attempts to deter birds.
The concept is right in that you can deter birds by placing their natural predators in the way so as to scare and disorientate some birds from landing or coming close. In this manual we go into detail with common pest birds problems and if you have read that you will understand that certain birds do not have natural bird predators and therefore should not be used against the species.
Species that we have had the most success in deterring with visual decoys have been the smaller type of birds. The house sparrow, the Starling, the pigeon, the Seagull, are all birds that can be effectively deceived by visual decoys in our opinion.
If visual decoys are left in the same position for extended periods of time there affectivity is greatly reduced and the surrounding birds will quickly work out the decoy is in fact not real and present a threat to that stop it is therefore imperative that any visual decoy be moved from time to time stop our recommendation would be all decoys are moved in the first 24 hours at least two times and within the first seven days moved at least eight times in two different locations and different positions. This will maximise the impact that the surrounding birds will see. The most effective time to move decoys is at dawn and dusk for maximum results.