More than 300 species of seabirds range across the world's oceans. In excess of 14 million birds, representing nearly two dozen species, make their home in the Hawaiian islands. These are na manu kai, the birds of the sea. More than 135 color photographs illustrate this beautiful book showcasing the seabirds of Hawai'i - from the far eastern tip of the Big Island to the recently created Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The monument encompasses the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the surrounding waters, which together form the second largest marine wildlife reserve in the world. In addition to his spectacular photographs, the author shares the lessons he has learned during the many years spent with his camera in seabird colonies, providing an engaging personal perspective on life with seabirds. Naturalists, wildlife biologists, birders, and others (including older children) who share an interest in the natural world and appreciate fine wildlife photography, will find this book a handy and informative resource on Hawai'i's birds of the sea as well as a delightful experience for the eye.
Robert J. Shallenberger is a conservation biologist who shares his passion for wildlife through his photography. He is currently the Hawai'i Island Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy and vice president of the Hawai'i Wildlife Center. His photographs have appeared in several books and magazines, such as National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, and Defenders.