Australasian crested grebe. FZ200
Also known as Australasian, Great or Southern .The Southern Crested Grebe is a freshwater diving bird. It is not common in New Zealand and numbers are continuing to decline. There are only about 300 birds left who remain here and they are protected...It lives in the South Island only, with more than half the total number living in sub-alpine and alpine lakes east of the main ranges, while the rest are scattered on lowland lakes west of the Southern Alps. Most lakes only have a few birds, and this will often be just a pair which flies from lake to lake within the same region. Known areas for sighting these birds are Lake Ianthe (just north of Hari Hari) and Lake Mapourika (just north of Franz Josef Glacier). ..In winter they will come together in loose flocks. Occasionally birds will move to winter on Lake Forsyth on Banks Peninsula.