Some call it a snake bird. It’s more accurately called an Australasian Darter.
I love its beak. It’s like a spear and I wouldn’t like to be a fish in its path.
It looked impressive when it spread its wings and took to flight.
Here’s one a little further along the creek. It was eating in a quiet little spot. They spear their fish and eat underwater. This one stayed under the water for a long time. You can see with their long necks that stick out of the water, why they are referred to as snake birds.