Black-necked Stilts are 14" tall with a 29" wingspan. They are noisy and a little gawky in appearance with their extremely long legs - rather like a thin, long-legged kid, first time in her high heel shoes. Still, in their formal attire, they pull off the look with a certain sense of class..
The pictures were taken this morning south of Alamo at Pintail Lake in the Santa Ana NWR . It was cool and damp. For the record, I wore heavy pants over silk underwear, a leather-trimmed heavy Woodrich shirt, a Filson vest, and I was still a bit cold early in the day. The birds, as usual, seemed oblivious to it all.