You can create this style by simply creating a layered photoshop file with each element on a separate layer. The photoshop file should be slightly larger than your composition to allow movement of the layers without scaling.
The flapping wings on the birds are easily accomplished by creating plan view's of the wings then moving the anchor point to the root or body end of the wings, making all of the bird parts 3D layers, then positioning and animating the rotation of the wings to make them flap. I'd do this in a pre-comp, then animate the position of the pre-comp.
There are some basics in the help files. Search for animating position and animating rotation. There are also a bunch of AE tutorials here. Check out the video tutorials / getting started section. There's a great one on Adobe TV on animation basics.
There aren't any advanced techniques that you'll need to use to duplicate this effect.
Perfect. Thank you for your response and information!
Sent from Mark Williams at BD Medical Ophthalmology - Florida
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Sorry about that. I will....newbie mistake