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on Mar 18, 2011 in Wildlife Photography

Nene in the bag, finally!

Once down to just 30 individuals, the world’s rarest goose, the Hawaiian Nene is now while still listed as endangered is up to about 1700 individuals. Each of my visits to the islands over the years, I’ve wanted to photograph the Nene.

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I’ve never gone actively looking for it, just figured that in my travels I would come across it and get some shots of it. After my third visit seeing a glimpse of one, it started to bug me I couldn’t get glass on it.

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The thought went through my mind again when I saw the sign for a Nene Crossing. Saw the signs but no birds. Saw the sign this morning but saw no birds. Jake saw some but he had no idea that dad wanted to photograph them. So there we were watching the boobies when all of a sudden I saw one just appear right next to me. I left everything else and started to work with the one bird. Then a second appeared and I spent more time with them. Ten minutes later they disappeared and I figured that would be my one and only encounter with them and was grateful for the small time I had. As it turned out, all I saw the rest of the bloody day was the entire Kauai Island population of Nene at every turn. The question in my mind is, will I see any tomorrow?

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 (handheld) on Lexar UDMA digital film