The most birds on the beach were Grey-headed Gulls. (there were a couple of plovers but I'm still looking for their definite identification before posting.)
I first captured an adult gull sitting quite close to me on the sand...
Grey-headed Gull (breeding adult)
Nearby was a non-breeding (or juvenile) adult which defended its territory with vigor!
Then as I pointed and focused and snapped I captured several interesting interactions between the non-breeding (young) adult and the breeding adult right in front of me! Soon several other gulls appeared - whether to watch the altercations or not, I'm not sure.
Then the first non-breeding adult dive bombed another non-breeding adult which had found a morsel of food on the sand
A breeding adult gives chase while the first two non-breeding adult take flight; another gull swoops in from the north!
The original juvenile made a turn and came back to chase his pursuer away from its patch
The victor swoops down and grabs a tidbit that I'd thrown for it
Meanwhile another breeding adult flew over me
The first non-breeding adult scoops another morsel on the sand, the second non-breeding adult in hot pursuit while the breeding adult dives down to see what it could glean
Time for a short rest
And then a determined step before taking off into the air again
The breeding adult flies in ...
... but decides to fly past me
While the territorial non-breeding adult came straight for me!
I'm linking my post to Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart Monckton here
Happy Wednesday to you all!