Sanderlings are media savvy, I guess

There was a daring flock of Sanderlings at Red Reef Beach this afternoon, darting in and out of the waves, barely ruffling their feathers when people would stroll down the beach. (They did all take flight simultaneously when a Fish Crow flew over testing its luck.)

You’d never know the flock was there from my ability to document it, though. This is the best of the very few photos I was able to take:

Sanderling, Red Reef Beach

A few minutes later, the entire flock of at least a dozen birds moved to within three feet of me to mock me. They knew, with the instinctive knowledge that birds have, that I was currently seeing this message on my camera/phone: