One of my favourite New Zealand birds. The photo was taken at the Hamilton Lake.
The Pukeko is a wading bird which gets much of its natural food from under the surface of water. These birds can fly, but in Hamilton I have never yet seen one on the wing or up in a tree, though I have in other parts of the country. Perhaps in Hamilton they are just too lazy?
They are attractive birds with their blue and black colouring and red 'caps' and beaks.