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The Farne Islands counts its Puffins and other seabirds


The Farne Islands are off the coast of northeast England and are home to a huge seabird colony. The islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust, which says the islands host some 23 species of seabird, as well as a substantial colony of grey seals, who come to have their pups there in the autumn. Every five years the National Trust carries out a census of the islands’ population of puffins, and this year’s survey showed there were almost 40,000 nesting pairs on the islands – an 8 percent rise from 2008. -Thea Breite 

1. Rangers remove a puffin from its burrow on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, northern England on May 15. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)

2 A ranger measures an Artic Tern chick on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, northern England on July 8. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

3 An Artic Tern dive bombs a ranger. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

4 An Artic Tern feeds its chick. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

5 An Artic Tern swoops down from the sky. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

6 A Puffin is seen with Sand Eels in its beak. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

7 A Puffin shakes off the rain. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

8 Rangers release shag chicks after attaching identification rings to them. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

9 A shag protects its young. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

10 A ranger catches a shag chick to attach an identification ring. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

11 Grey seals play underwater. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

12 A grey bull seal lies in a water pool. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

13 Grey seal bulls fight for territory and females. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

14 A female grey seal nuzzles her newborn calf. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

15 Head ranger David Steel sprays a seal pup with pigment so that it can be counted as part of a census on Brownsman Island, which is part of the Farne Islands. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

16 Seals lie on Brownsman Island. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

17 A view of Inner Farne, part of the Farne Islands, is seen off the Northumberland coast, northern England, on July 19. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 

18 A Guillemot swims underwater by the Farne Islands. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters) 
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