The Albatross of Midway Island: A Natural History of the Laysan Albatross
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Scientifically accurate, this story of the Laysan Albatross is told from the point of view of the young bird as he begins life and as he matures to adulthood. A unique and little-known bird, the Laysan spends most of its life at sea, roaming tens of thousands of miles of ocean. The adults, whose life-span is as much as thirty years, return to land each winter to reproduce and raise their young. After its initial departure from Midway, at about five months of age, the young bird does not return to breed for seven or eight years.
Mildred L. Fisher, the wife of Harvey I. Fisher, a noted zoologist who has conducted extensive research on the Albatross at the invitation of the Office of Naval Research, has accompanied her husband on many trips to Midway and has served as his research assistant. From her experience she has developed a respect and affection for the goonies,” which she feels is outside the scope of scientific data. It is her desire here to present, to all readers interested in natural history, a personable view of this interesting and unusual bird. The result is a story of the Laysan Albatross told with imagination and feeling.
Illustrated with over sixty black-and-white photographs.
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