All photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city.
Even though I have seen these guys here before, their appearance in Beaumont, so far from the sea still surprises me.
Size: 66-81 cm (26-32 inches) , W 132 cm (52 inches)
Status: Uncommon to locally common April to October
Habitat: large lakes and large meandering rivers (why are they here on sucah a small lake?)
Nesting: on low lying islands or precariously high in trees (what about a light pole?)
Source: Partners and Lone Pine Publishing Birds of Alberta