I finished the sand and then tackled the color question of the lighter legs. I did decide my yellow was too wimpy and selected a more golden shade. It's stitched and actually is the shade of the painted legs. I'll use the same shade for the beaks and top knots when I get to them.
I started the sky using 2 strands of pale aqua mixed with 2 strands of white Splendor. I'm doing the Byzantine Scotch stitch, one of my favorite stitches for a reasonably large area. I just love the smoothness of it.