Not quite Swan Lake, actually these Trumpeter Swans are resting on a slough near Crandall, Man. These majestic birds are heading north from ice-free coastal and inland waters. With an all-black bill, they’re distinct from about half-a-dozen other swan varieties. These are North America’s heaviest flying bird, stretching to six feet in length and weighing more than 25 pounds, according to allaboutbirds.org. Getting airborne requires a 100-yard runway: running hard across the surface, they almost sound like galloping horses as they generate speed for take-off. Once-endangered, they are now recovering and breed on wetlands in remote Alaska, Canada, and the northwestern U.S., and winter on ice-free coastal and inland waters.