Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Na Manu Kai
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120pp. November 2009
Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Na Manu Kai
Author: Shallenberger, Robert J.;
Honorable Mention, 2011 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Natural Science, Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association

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.

138 color illus.
A Latitude 20 Book
"The many well-exposed and nicely composed photographs illustrate both the lovely details of plumage and morphology of these tropical seabirds and convey images of place and context. Many of them also capture their behaviors, interactions and movement extremely well. ... Those more experienced with seabirds in tropical colonies will enjoy the familiarity of the scenes and the skilled way behaviors are captured on film. The ratio of text to photos was just right for maintaining the attention of someone not yet addicted to seabirds, and the author provides references for the readers who want to take the next step." —Marine Ornithology (41:2, 2013)

"The life of bird-watchers in Hawaii has been beautifully enriched and made easier with the arrival of [this] superb Latitude 20 series bird book." —Maui News (31 January 2010)

"[Shallenberger’s] pictures are charming, his writing is personal. . . . [A] lovely book." —Honolulu Star-Bulletin (28 December 2009)

Author: Shallenberger, Robert J.;
Robert J. Shallenberger is a conservation biologist who shares his passion for wildlife through his photography. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA for research on Hawaiian seabirds. For more than two decades, he managed national wildlife refuges, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Midway Atoll, and was Chief of the Division of Refuges in Washington, D.C., for seven years. Dr. Shallenberger 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.



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