A pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio)fossicks in the warm waters at Ohinemutu,a Maori village in Rotorua. The pukeko is known as the purple swamphen in Australia and elsewhere and is believed to have arrived in New Zealand about 1000 years ago. The building reflected in the waters is a section of the church hall of St Faith's Anglican Church at Ohinemutu.
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daddo (26528) 2014-06-15 2:31
Hi Neil. A clever way to combine nature and man's creations.I found the pukeko difficult to photograph as they seem to be quite wary of Australians, at least around Puhoi.Regards. Klaudio.
jhm (150674) 2014-06-15 3:42
You shows us a nice mirror image of this house.
Also the water bird is a nice addition.
Very well composition, pleasant presentation. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
abmdsudi (52325) 2014-06-15 23:31
Kia ora Neil
Super colours and detail on this unusual & interesting looking bird just screaming for attention! Great capture, I love the rich colours and good pose from your model searching for his meal and the contrast of the pukeko feathers against the colour of the refection is just awesome and effective. Two wonderful detailed put together harmoniously and you have done him proud! Great shot, Congrats.