This is a very old 10 photo stitched panorama taken with a 5 mp Sony fixed lens camera. I shot it from the shoulder of the highway just before you enter Valdez, Alaska new townsite.
Is this a composite: Yes
The tide was going out and the water was flowing toward the bay from the other side of the road through a culvert where I was standing. The seagulls were feeding on something in the water exiting the culvert and they were riding the current out, then flying back to the culvert in a repetitive loop. I waited until a seagull was in the right spot on the way back and shot that frame first. Then I shot the rest of the frames to complete the panorama. The photos were pretty noisy so it required quite a bit of noise reduction. I recently re-processed the panorama using Topaz’s latest ai noise reduction and it really helped maintain some image quality in the parts that count.
The camera was a Sony DSC-F707 and the AutoPanoPro stitching software didn’t keep the EXIF data and my archives of the original photos are buried pretty deep so I don’t have that information.