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Old Mar 12, 2010, 3:14 AM   #1
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The Hawaiian "nene" is among the most unique birds on the planet. An evolutionary creature perhaps born of migrating geese blown off course millenium ago.
They have emerged as flightless and almost totally defenseless since there were no known predators on the Hawaiian Chain islands during their evolution.
They are endangered having been ravaged by rats and other predators since the arrival of humans on the Hawaiian Chain of islands.
This is one of the few indigenous fauna native to the islands.
Note the sharp ridges on the neck of the goose, a unique characteristic.


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Old Mar 12, 2010, 5:51 AM   #2
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Great photo - excellent color and detail - and very interesting information. Thanks for sharing both!
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 6:19 AM   #3
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What an interesting bird! Nice capture, too!
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The Hawaiian "nene" is among the most unique birds on the planet. An evolutionary creature perhaps born of migrating geese blown off course millenium ago.
They have emerged as flightless and almost totally defenseless since there were no known predators on the Hawaiian Chain islands during their evolution.
They are endangered having been ravaged by rats and other predators since the arrival of humans on the Hawaiian Chain of islands.
This is one of the few indigenous fauna native to the islands.
Note the sharp ridges on the neck of the goose, a unique characteristic.
I remember reading about this Goose as an endangered species. I had no idea that they couldn't fly. Much thanks for the interesting photo lecture.

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excellent.

i had no idea about this bird before reading this. after looking at it, you can see the familial resemblance to our mainland geese.
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 4:10 PM   #7
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Very cool pic, Selvin.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 9:31 PM   #8
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Folks,
Thank you very much for your kind comments. During nesting season, these birds are very protective of their eggs and will boldly go chasing after humans, dogs, etc. fearlessly. Unfortunately that protective behaviour still leaves them open to predators.
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Selvin,
The Nene does fly, but not to winter elswhere. There is a quite healthy populaion on Kauai that visited a construction site that I had been doing inspection work on to feed on newly sprouted grass. You are correct about their behaviour - they will attack if protecting eggs or young.
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Old Mar 13, 2010, 1:41 PM   #10
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Paniolo,
You are quite correct about their ability to fly. They can fly but only within a limited range. I should have noted, non migratory flight..
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