Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nene

Yesterday, the state bird of Hawaii showed up at the house we're renting on the Puna coast. This nene (pronounced nay-nay) has lost part of his right foot. There is a nene sanctuary nearby in Keeau, so he/she (males and females look alike) probably came from there. Nenes are an endangered species, with an estimated 3000 remaining. The population had been as low as 30 in the twentieth century. He decided to sit on our patio for a while, and posed patiently while I lay down prone on the concrete near him to get this picture.

3 comments:

Zhoen said...

They are very popular among crossword compilers.

beardog321 said...

Hi David,
I like you photos of the wildlife so far. Send us more. Hope you trip is going well.
Bill

ramblingwoods.com said...

Thank you for leaving this link in my comment section. I had never heard of this bird. I hope it can survive with part of the foot missing.. Michelle

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