Our previous encounter (and our first) was along the Florida panhandle, where we found them among the oyster beds, but too far away for a decent look. Now, as we spotted a pair right on the beach, we approached with caution, but also with an eye on an oblivious older couple looking for shells in the water, a dozen or so feet away.
The Oystercatchers were only minimally perturbed by them, though. One of the locals observed that they seemed more approachable/less skittish than a nesting pair that had claimed that same stretch of beach last year. Even though the area lay outside the sanctuary, there were some less disturbed spaces away from the bulk of the ruckus where they might have found enough privacy for breeding purposes. Plenty of other shorebirds in there, too - more on them later!