As I indicated yesterday, the nēnē (Hawaiian Goose | Bernache néné | Branta sandvicensis) is Hawai’i’s state bird. This individual was photographed on Kaua’i’s north shore, at Na ‘Āina Kai (botanical garden and sculpture park), during a wonderful bird tour.
It is currently believed that this vulnerable, endemic Hawaiian bird evolved from the Canada Goose about 500,000 years ago. Although this species can be observed (sometimes quite closely) in many areas on Kaua’i, it was actually introduced to this island only a few decades ago because the mongoose (an imported species on the other Hawaiian islands) is not present there. It is hoped that the absence of this bird and egg predator will increase the nēnē’s chances of survival in the wild.
Taken on December 30, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 640 | 370mm | f/5.6 | 1/800). Not baited, called in or set up.