A pretty pest

For the first time since arriving in 2006, I captured a pukeko actually 
in my garden-after Hubby noticed him/her and quietly called me.

They are a lovely color, but are a pest to many gardens. 
Originally, from Australia, they have no natural predators so 
their numbers are quite high.

They are among those birds that can fly but prefer to walk or run if
possible, so we often see them running down the
road trying to 'get away' from the car!

They have been culled in the past because they threaten native animals.