Spotted this fellow on a walk through Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens, he was swimming around the lake at the Japanese Garden with a few of his kind and some friendly Ibis. He’s a Dusky Moorhen, they belong to the Gallinules, large crakes with short bills and coloured frontal shields on foreheads. They graze on aquatic weed and other food near water and make a loud sharp ‘krek’ sound. They are quite common on wetlands in south-east and eastern Australia and like to make nests of grass or reeds where they lay between 7-10 eggs.
Acknowledgment: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.