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*Many thanks for being Featured in*: The Birds

Swamp hen, or Pūkeko is the common name, derived from the Māori language, for the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) in New Zealand. The subspecies occurring there is Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, which is also found elsewhere in Australasia, including, in eastern Indonesia, the Mollucas, Aru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
This one definitely did not want it’s photo taken! But there were chicks around so was very defensive.
The colour red was associated with nobility and power by Māori so the Pūkeko was held in high esteem because of its red beak and legs
Pūkeko are known for their bold scheming and determination. In times past they raided gardens for kūmara (sweet potato) and taro. A stubborn, annoying person was compared metaphorically to the bird, and was said to have Pūkeko ears (taringa Pākura) (source, Wikepedia).
Hamilton Lake.

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An amateur, but a long love of photography. A recent move to digital has seen the love ‘blossom’, and a greater enjoyment in the field. I will try most forms of photography, and gain both knowledge and fun out of the experimentation. Using a Nikon D300 and D7000, with a range of lenses, and filters. I hope you enjoy the views as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them.

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  • Esther  Moliné
    Esther Molinéover 4 years ago

    Never saw a bird like this before, its blue plumage is really striking and has an evil look, great shot, very interesting info too!

  • thanks Esther. Yes, the bird is common in New Zealand, and also similar versions, but I think a bit smaller, are found in Australia where it possibly originated from – they think over 1000 years ago (that’s from Wikepedia as well).

    – bazcelt

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    ♥ Wonderful capture, lovely colours !! :D ♥

  • Thanks Evita. Yes, they are nice colourful birds, and with a lot of character as well.

    – bazcelt

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    excellent capture

  • thanks heaps Tori.

    – bazcelt

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 13, 2010

  • thanks heaps for selection and honour!

    – bazcelt

    WINTERROSEover 4 years ago

    awesome shot

  • thanks heaps! great comment, much appreciated.

    – bazcelt

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You are so very welcome bazcelt

  • bobby1
    bobby1over 4 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • thanks heaps!

    – bazcelt

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot of one of New Zealand’s comedians. The recipe for cooking one of these is to pluck them and pop into a pot of boiling water with a rock – after twenty four hours, throw away the Pukeko and eat the rock… !

  • thanks mate – same recipe over here for the Galah! lol!

    – bazcelt

  • francesca47
    francesca47over 3 years ago

    Lovely shot might be the same pukeko I took pictures of as it was taken at the same spot I took mine

  • More than likely – they do have a pretty defined terriotory each around the lake – lol!

    – bazcelt

  • lenslife
    lenslifeabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot, stunning colours!

  • thanks heaps, and for the fave too much appreciated.

    – bazcelt

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