In the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean lies Midway Atoll, the site of an important battle in World War II.
It is also home to millions of seabirds, including nearly all the Laysan Albatrosses on our planet.
When author Caren Loebel-Fried spent five weeks there as part of a bird census team, she fell in love with these birds.
Her recently published children’s book, A Perfect Day for an Albatross, shares these amazing birds with the younger set.
The story sweeps you into their world of wind, rolling seas, boisterous dancing, and intense commitment to one another and their nestlings.
Her vivid hand-coloured block-prints are enhanced with flowing watercolors to make the book a glorious treat for the eyes, as well as the heart.
Laysan Albatrosses are very large seabirds that nest in colonies on remote islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Although they are extremely graceful when soaring over the ocean, they are clumsy on land and need a stiff wind to take flight.
Pairs bond with unique ritual dances that last their entire adult lives.
Between breeding seasons, they live independently on the ocean for many months before they return to the island to dance and renew their bonds.
After a single egg is laid, they take turns incubating it and feeding the chick.
They can live a long life and still breed successfully at 55 years of age.
Bird Illustration from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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