Hawaiian Nene Goose
Photo and caption by Niki Nakagawa
The nene goose is native to the Hawaiian Islands, and is Hawaii's state bird. Evolved from the Canadian Goose, the Nene migrated to the hawaiian islands over 500,000 years ago. The Nene is considered the rarest goose species in the world and is in great danger of extinction, due to the introduction of the evasive mongoose to the islands, which eats both the nene's eggs and young. In 2004, it was estimated that only 800 of these birds were left in existence. These birds are exclusively found on the islands of Mau'i, Kaua'i and Hawai'i.
Location: Pu'uwa'awa'a, Big Island of Hawai'i