Cutest of the Cute

Waved Albatross

In the air I'm graceful, but on the ground I'm cute. Flying is second nature to me. In fact, I can spend years at sea without touching land. On my wings, I soar and circle and float and swoop, like an aerial ballerina. But when it's time to nest, I choose a partner and dance on my feet, more like a salsa or a merengue with a few original choreographic twists. We click and make circles with our bills; we sway and strike a pose; we bow then stand erect: we honk and whistle. Care to dance?

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