I went for a cycle along the canal towpath yesterday, and saw a bird (twice, once going, once coming back) that I’ve never seen before.
The bird was big, bigger than a goose, but smaller than a swan, it had black and white plumage on its body, which looked to be “mixed” (i.e. there wasn’t a big patch of white with the rest black, it looked as if a few feathers were white then a few black etc.
It’s bill was the most striking feature - it was bright red and looked liked the red bit went as far back as the eyes, so most of its face was red, too.
The bird was quite close to a big gaggle of Canada Geese, which were hissing at me, so I didn’t get to stop near it. However, it was stood on the side of the towpath, so I passed quite close by it twice.
I’ve tried searching Google for an image, but I’ve got nothing.
Any possible IDs?