N IS FOR ...NENE
The Nene, Kauai
Oh I'm sure someone has already used this before in ABC Wednesday, but it's just very much in my head right now. Why? Because in a little over a month I will be seeing them in the flesh -- 'feathers' actually. Although I have become very much a homebody ( yes, I actually get homesick!) I feel the need for a change of scenery though I suspect that two weeks will be more than I want.
The Nene looks very much like the Canada Goose and certainly they have the same roots. Unfortunately the Canada Goose is not very popular in a lot of places because they have become so numerous that they are almost a pest. This is the Canada Goose:
See the difference in their neck coloring.
Unlike the proliferation of the Canada Goose, the Nene, which is Hawaii's national bird, can now only be found on four of the Hawaian Islands, Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, Kauai and Molokai. You can see a fair number of Nenes at Kilauea Point where the lighthouse is on Kauai. That's the lighthouse in the distance in the second photo from the top. There are other interesting birds to be seen up there too, such as the Tropic Bird, the Booby and Albatross. (Don't think those are supposed to be capitalized, as with the names of flowers, but I can never remember and somehow I think they should be. Hey, if e.e. cummings can mess with capitals, I guess I can).
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