Another piece from a shoot I did a while ago at the old Elwood boat ramp, which has since been removed.

These terns were ducking and weaving around each other in acts of defiance and challenging each other. Birds have such interesting hierarchies and behaviour in large flocks.

Mike’s Pic of the Week – 6th Dec 2010

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Original shot below, cropped and blended with textures from free use stock – Visuologist, Kevin Bergen.., and my own. Edited in Photoshop CS4.

Canon 50D
55 – 250, 58mm


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  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Gotta love the sea-birds- such characters Parmi- the Terns are special- and you’ve done a great edit with this. Love the original shot too.

  • Thanks so much Rosie! I could watch them for hours, and I think we did that day :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    I like the composition with the cropped image..the textures & tones are perfectly suited to this image as well…looks great! You really know your stuff!

  • That’s so kind Carol, thank you so much for the great comment!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • dani05
    dani05almost 4 years ago

    and they are super clever..birds i mean. Love the earthy tones, great one!

  • Highly intelligent and so entertaining to watch too! Thanks mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliantly captured! I love the bird series..fantastic work Parmi :-)

  • Thanks so much Ang!! I can make a calendar now!!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 4 years ago

    lol. i love it

  • Thanks heaps matey! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 4 years ago

    Aren’t they just fascinating? Love watching them squabble and then settle in…

  • Doco worthy watching! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LouJay
    LouJayalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!


  • Thanks so much, my friend! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Andrew.

  • Thank you kindly Colin!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous image, Andrew!! Great texture work and wonderful action shot!! :))

  • Thanks so much Laurie, really pleased you like it! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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