A couple of weeks ago I spent a day out on the coast just south of Hartlepool, at North Gare. I'd gone to look for some shorelarks that had been reported there for the previous few days. On arrival I found them soon enough, but didn't manage any photos thanks to two photographers who thought the best way to get closer to the birds was to march straight towards them, even when they kept flying away. This only led to the birds flying off into the distance, so I went off on my own to find something else.
On the beach I noticed a small group of sanderlings that were feeding along the tide line, scampering backwards and forwards along the coast. These birds are usually pretty easy to photograph and are often remarkably confiding, if you go about it the right way. I could see which direction they were heading in, so positioned myself ahead of them and lay down on the sand. Sure enough, they came right past me, coming too close to focus!