This was one of those quirky photo moments that one sometimes unexpectedly gets.
My photographer brother had been capturing some superb surf shots during the event. I borrowed his camera to see if I could snap something half as decent. Unintentionally, I managed it snag this one with one of my first attempts. At first, I was like “d’oh – a bird just flew through as I hit the shutter.” Then after I looked at the image I was like, “hey, cool – a bird just flew through as I hit the shutter…”
The bird is also the relatively endangered oyster-catcher which makes it is a nice bonus. This event happened around a time when I had been reading up on Indigenous understandings of animal totems, mirroring in nature and more contemporary views on interspecies communication.