The 55-year-old had gone to photograph the huge flocks of starlings — an annual attraction every autumn near Gretna Green, Scotland.
But it was only when he got home and checked his snaps that he realised he had caught the birds in these stunning shapes.
As well as the whale chasing the dolphin he also captured the birds looking like a squid, then an octopus and another whale.
Gardener Paul, of Carlisle, Cumbria, said: “It wasn’t until I got home and started putting the images on my computer that I saw all these shapes.
“I was really surprised to see the dolphin, then what looked like a killer whale chasing it.
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