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Trumpeter swans are the heaviest waterfowl in North America. These big birds may weigh as much as 32 lbs. and have powerful wings that span about 6 feet. They are white with black bills and feet. Young of the year are darker with some mottling among the white feathers. Some birds will have a darker neck and head stained in the color of the mud in which they feed.
Wetlands, rivers and lakes. They will feed in upland fields as well.
What better spotting for Valentine's Day than this one? Two pairs of trumpeter swans form hearts. This photo was taken on Valentine's Day in 2011.