"You put your left leg in......you put your left leg out...."

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© Suzanne McGeady
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UploadedJanuary 31, 2011
TakenJanuary 31, 2011
MakeCasio Computer Co.,ltd.
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length22 mm
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"You do the Pukeko Stomp, and you turn around......that's what it's all about!"
This native bird to New Zealand, common name Pukeko, or Purple Swamphen, is a no flyer. Would rather walk, but can fly short distances. It's bright blue/purple feathers were prized by Maori for their winter cloaks, centuries ago. They are now a protected species.
Although they can be culled if becoming a nuisance in some areas. Very prevalent in some parts of New Zealand, especially around our city lakes, where this was taken. they are very nosey, and as people have been feeding them bread for years they come right up to people, and eat out of hands.

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    Intriguing, yet strangely handsome creature! You'll have to post a youtube of him doing the hokey-pokey!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (31 Jan 2011):

    hahaha.......even I've been known to have a ceramic Pukeko in my garden! They have a very high pitched squeal/scream, when warning their peers of danger.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    A hokey pokey Pukeko....who knew?!?!? Love your title, and now I've learned something new--I'd never heard of this bird before!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (1 Feb 2011):

    Now I am going to visit NZ for sure! In the words of the "tree huggers," the "pukeko has been habituated to humankind." LOL Nice picture and caption.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (1 Feb 2011):

    LOL @ title!! Love the shot. He is a very interesting bird!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 Feb 2011):

    That is a pretty bird and I love your description. Great shot!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (3 Feb 2011):

    What fun

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (8 Feb 2011):

    What a funny capture, love it...

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    A great closeup of this colorful bird, Sue!!! We have some that look similar called mudhens. I love your caption. He does look like he is dancing.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    Fascinating bird, Sue, and you captured him beautifully. Love the title, even though I now can't get that song out of my head.

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