Monday, 22 December 2008

The Nene (Hawaiian Goose) - [Birds of Slimbridge]

Hawaiian goose, also known as the the Nēnē is the worlds rarest goose.

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It is the official bird of the State of Hawaiʻi, and is exclusively found in the wild of the islands of Maui, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi.

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I snapped these shots of the nene while out in Slimbridge wildfowl and wetland centre.

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The birds have a black head and hind neck and the neck is streaked with diagonal stripes.

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Females look the same as males, but are slightly smaller.

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The nene has reduced webbing on its feet as they are supposed to have adapted to the lava flows on the island on which they live.

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Once thought to be a common bird, their population was reduced to around 30 by hunting and predation.

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however, these goose breed well in captivity and as a result of captive breeding, the population has since increased.

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It was in Slimbridge, under the direction of Sir Peter Scott, which was instrumental in breeding these birds back from the brink of extinction and re-introducing them to Hawaii.

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There are now thought to be around 800 wild geese and 1000 in captivity (zoos and conservation centres)

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In Slimbridge however, they dont give off the impression of being so rare as they are the most friendliest of the parks wildfowl.

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