These vehicle tracks were made on a part of the sand banks that is supposed to be closed to all traffic. A variety of small shorebirds use this area and need cover to be safe. Without any other cover these Double-banded Plovers were crouched down in the wheel tracks until I came by. I did not even see them until they started moving. (Click on the images to see a larger size where the birds can be seen hidden down on the sand.)
I moved away and then came in from a different angle. With the sun behind me I hoped to get some closer photos but there were too many people around. Double-banded Plovers breed on braided river channels in South New Zealand and spend the winter here in Eastern Australia.
When the person walking down beside the water got too close they flew off. As they lifted off I got a couple of blurred photos of some in flight. When I have disturbed them before they have just run off and I do not remember seeing them in flight up close like this. The wings seem so small to take them on a return journey from New Zealand to Australia every year.