Sunset Beach, NC, Nesting Area Revised

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2013. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.


The purpose of these photos is to show you deep foot prints in damp sand. First American Oystercatcher, possibly sitting on what it thinks is a nest. It could be. It seemed like a foot print to me. Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
These are two versions of the same image. On the left I tried to show you the wet gray sand leading down to the creek. This is in the background of the area we will come to below that has the Least Terns. If you could see further back in the left photo, you would see Jenks/Jinks Creek. This moment is when the second bird walked up to the first bird. It then sat down and the first bird walked away. I looked to see if where it went had a nest and did not see one. I am not reliable. Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
Second bird minding the nest, Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
Wilson's Plover, Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
Wilson's Plover, Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
Least Terns back on the ground when I was distant, Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
Photo of an egg that shows the entire "nest," a small indentation in the sand, Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
The Wilson's Plover nesting area and the left edge of the Least Tern nesting area. The terns are nesting between the greenery (sea oats?) and the dead brown reeds. The egg is this side of the left peak that has little if any green growth. It is down in the lower area. There is a slight dune covered by reeds on the oceanside of it. The American Oystercatchers are down and to the left of the third to the left "peak." The creek is in front of us in this view and the ocean is behind us.The wide tire tracks could be from the beach patrol ATV or the turtle patrol, Sunset Beach, NC, 05/27/13
Least Tern, Nesting Area, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/14/13
Least Tern on nest, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/14/13
Wilson's Plovers heading toward tide pool away from nesting area, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/17/13
Wilson's Plover watching chick in drying-up tide pool, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/17/13
Not sure of age of left Wilson's Plover. These photos are in sequence beginning above, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/17/13
This looks like the one on the left in the preceding photo, making it a chick, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/17/13
Two Least Terns on Nests, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/17/13
Wilson's Plover chick and Least Tern at edge of surf, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/18/13
This is immediately after the Wilson's Plover chick saw me and began running uphill toward the nesting area, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/18/13
Wilson's Plovers heading down from their nesting area to the high tide line to forage, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/18/13
Wilson's Plovers foraging amidst dried sargassum from a storm nearly two weeks earlier. Note the perfect camouflage. Sunset Beach, NC, 06/18/13
Wilson's Plover at dusk, Sunset Beach, NC, 06/18/13