Our main concern is for the turtle - not for getting pictures!! - we want her to be undisturbed. In fact this turtle tried to lay a nest 3 times; 1. she crawled up the beach and started to move sand (a body pit), 2. moved a few more feet forward body pitted and started her egg chamber only to be disturbed by a man coming within 3-4 feet with a camera 3. so she stopped digging the egg chamber but fortunately she moved further up the beach and did lay a nest on her third attempt. About 50% of the time the turtle does a 'false crawl' - that is gets disturbed for one reason or another - including humans - and goes back into the sea without laying.
So my first priority was to make sure she was undisturbed by the people watching, the second was to educate the crowd, and only third to take photos/videos. Here's what I got - so exciting as loggerheads usually nest under the cover of darkness.
Be patient - like a turtle - to watch this video - remember my priorities!
and she's off back to the sea . . .
|two turtle 'body pits' in foreground|
people too close disturbed her -
once they backed off, she laid her nest
Hubby says "We leave our pets in the wild!" LOL