These birds are able to walk across lily-pads and other floating vegetation thanks to their long splayed toes which help to spread the weight of the bird.
This is a photo from a few days ago, taken at Buckleys Hole on Bribie. I was so absorbed in watching the birds here that I missed the approaching downpour and got soaked while making my way back to shelter.
Scientific name: Irediparra gallinacea
Location: Bribie Island, Australia.