I sent an actual picture postcard of this
image to my friend
Ratwing Hamwitt: If you think this bird is
cute, you're right.
The sound it makes is also its name: Nene
an endangered goose endemic to Hawai'i,
Canadian honkers 500,000 years ago. We hung
out with a
tagged pair at bottom of Haleakala crater.
People must feed
'em because they had no fear; one pecked at
lens hoping it was a treat. They're good
company and make
soft reedy woodwind sounds like someone
into tenor sax. Their webbed feet are
to walking on lava rock and cinders.
Haleakala crater is vast, surreal,
and beautiful--a US southwest
landscape plopped atop vol-
cano in middle of ocean. ♥