My daughter spent hours playing in the ocean and I found it difficult to do much else than watch her. One at, five and a half years of age and barely twice the sizes of the incoming swells, I didn't trust her judgement to allow her out of my sight for more than a second or too. Two, the fine white sand just seems to get into everything I try to use while sitting there be it a camera, book, or other entertainment gadget. It destroyed my camera last year and I didn't want the same thing to happen this year. Thus I spent my time just bulldozing sand with my hands and daughter's sandals and making a pedestal for my water bottle as seen above.
I'm not sure what these sea birds are but there were a flock of them less than ten feet away from me one day pulling those tubular like worms/plants out of the surf and eating them. One would get one part way down to have another bird grab onto the other end. They would take to the air in a fast spinning duet trying to yank the other end from the opposing birds throat and eventually the winner would find a quieter space on the sand to wolf down the food. I tried in vane for a half hour to get a shot of this but my digital camera just isn't fast enough and by the time I remembered the video feature, they were too far down the beach to capture.
Unmarked sand and surf always seem to call my name. I couldn't help but leave my 'mark' if only for awhile.