Nature,  Wildlife

Photo Story: What’s a Nene Goose?

The Nene Goose which is also called the Hawaiian Goose is native to the state of Hawaii.  The Nene is also the state bird of Hawaii.

Nene Goose
Nene Goose at Volcanoes National Park

In the 1950s the goose was near extinction due to hunting by humans, cats, and mongoose.  Today, the population is over 2,000 and can mainly be found on the Islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai.

This bird was photographed on the Big Island of Hawaii at Volcanoes National Park.

The Nene is thought to have evolved from the Canada Goose which migrated to Hawaii more than half a million years ago.

The Nene Goose is similar in appearance to the Canada Goose except only face, cap and the back of the neck are black.  The Nene also has a buff colored cheek instead of white on the Canada Goose.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose


Camera:  Canon 5D Mark III
Lens:  Canon 100-400mm Mark II Lens with a Canon 1.4X III Telephoto Extender
Focal Length: 560mm
ISO:  500
Aperture:   f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/320 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +1/3
Lighting: Mostly Cloudy Morning

Written by Martin Belan

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