Description: A beautiful mix of birds sharing a log, which washed down the Tweed River (far north coast, NSW, AUstralia) after floods in 2005 and fetched up just below the Tumbulgum village bridge. I was on my way to work but I stopped and took quite a few of this scene, but this one with the tern flying past is the pick.
There are 12 Australian pelicans (peleculanus conspicillatus), 2 pied cormorants (Phalacrocorax varius), 3 little black cormorants (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) and an unknown sp of tern (the fly through guy!).
I entered this print in the inaugural tweed Naturally Art competition a few years ago and it was selected as a finalist – considering it included all media I was pretty pleased.
Interestingly, about 3 months after I took this we had another flood and the tree moved, settling crosswise across the flow instead of lengthways along it. And after that no birds would sit on it – they’d fly down, perch a moment and take off. And eventually it washed right away.