I'm fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where I have easy access to miles of shoreline and mudflats that provide easy pickings for hungry waterfowl at early and high tide. The black-necked stilt is one of the most common shorebirds I see. Whenever I'm out with my camera, passersby always ask me to identify for them "that pretty bird with the red legs." That pretty bird is the black-necked stilt. And here you can see just how pretty it is.