Double-banded Plovers stake out feeding territories in the sandier areas, assaulting any other plover that gets too close. Pacific Reef Herons actively patrol the tidal pools, agilely clambering over seaweed covered rocks and sometimes shading the water at their feet with wings spread out like an umbrella. They do this probably both to see under the water better and attract a meal to the inviting shade. It is clearly a very successful technique as they always come away from their subsequent jab with a wriggling fish.
Red-billed Gulls are everywhere, sometimes performing unearthly duets in the shallows and often trying in vain to avoid their insistently begging full-grown young. Offshore feeding flocks often form, clearly centered around large schools of fish. These also attract White-fronted Terns and Hutton's Shearwaters. The shearwaters sometimes in the thousands.
In certain areas fur seals will rest in such awkward places that you don't realize they are there until you are about to step on them. The other day there was a female seal resting on a small bed of seaweed at the base of some stairs. The stairs led from a parking lot down to an expansive rock platform. One person came down the stairs and only noticed it because the five people behind her started taking pictures. The first person was only about three feet away from it at this point and she stayed there to look at it. The other people took this as a cue for how close to get (even though there are signs everywhere saying to stay at least 20 meters away from seals). Soon the seal had a semicircle of about 20 people around it. After a few minutes the seal had had enough and retreated to the water. After collapsing in the water for a few moments it seemed to decide against retreating and turned back around and ran with mouth open at the nearest person. This person was too busy taking pictures to realize they should probably back up and narrowly missed getting their foot bitten. After scattering the people who finally realized they must have been too close, the seal went back to its flattened bed of seaweed and went back to sleep. My sister and I silently applauded the seal for facing up to ignorant humans.
Later the same seal had a run in with another strange person. There was an odd guy who decided to clamber down the set of stairs to the rock platform and run around the seal all while holding his bike. He knew it was there, he had just been taking pictures of it. He soon realized he couldn’t the bike down there on the rock platform and then went back up.
The people should just be glad it was a female and not a male which are twice as big and twice as aggressive. If you get within ten feet of a big bull it will turn towards you and growl without even a second thought towards fleeing.
Another seal was at the edge of the parking lot nestled in the high tide line of seaweed and I didn't notice it until my foot was hovering above it about to step down to make my way to the water. This seal however was small, probably also a female and barely opened her eyes enough to see that I was there before they were closed again. Needless to say I got some interesting pictures of it from above and left it in peace.