This summer when you go to the beach watch out for our nesting shorebirds such as our NZ dotterel, fairy tern and oystercatchers.
Sometimes, you’ll find that they get very angry when you get close to them.
That probably means they have chicks that they’re protecting, so make sure you keep your distance.
If they feel threatened, they’ll leave their nest and their eggs may cook in the midday sun!
Here’s a short video featuring DOC’s Fairy Tern Warden, Kelly Smith. She explains what to do when you’re in the company of nesting shorebirds.