These photos taken on Kauai Island, Hawaii, by Anna Chavez. If you can’t have a crowd of Canada Geese on your lawn, I guess the endangered Nene will do. Also known as the Hawaiian Goose it’s the state bird and is endemic to the islands.
A most handsome goose with those feathered flanges running down the neck. And to think I could never find a Nene on the Big Island. I’ve seen numerous Nene in England where they’re a favorite for waterfowl collections in parks and on private estates.
The National Geographic website explains that the Nene evolved from Canada geese that reached the islands and then evolved to survive in the dryer inland climate, developed feet that could take the raw lava beds and wings became smaller as flight was less important. Before humans reached the islands there were no predatory mammals nor large reptiles. Both the owl and hawk on Hawaii are much smaller than the Nene. In prehistoric Hawaii the Nene adult would have had no real threats. Goats, mongoose and human huntersa radically changed the habitat and the Nene’s personal security.