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Large, dark water bird. Long body and long neck. Medium-sized bill is blunt or hooked at tip. Immature Description Upper breast and throat pale. Chest variable from nearly whitish to dusky. Usually chest pale and belly dark, but may be uniform pale below.
Found in diverse aquatic habitats, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, lagoons, estuaries, and open coastline; more widespread in winter. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Doubl...
I often visit a large plant nursery close to where I live which is home to a few ponds. The ponds offer excellent wildlife observations opportunities as it is home to many birds, reptiles, plants, and of course bugs! I got lucky this past Saturday when this beauty flew past.