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Counting Puffins on Farne Islands - Beautiful!

 
Off the coast of Northeast England you'll find the Farne Islands, a group of 15-20 islands (depending on the tide), that are home to a huge population of sea birds, who come there for 'social gatherings' and mating. On last count, the islands hosted more than 23 different species of seasbirds, as well as a thriving colony of grey seals, that come there during autumn to have their pups. 

To keep an eye on the numbers, the National Trust carries out a census of the islands' population twice each decade, and this year they found almost 40,000 mating pairs of puffins on the islands, a 8 percent rise from 2008, which is great to see! 
 
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Trained rangers pull a puffin out of its little burrow on Farne Islands, located off the coast of Northern England.

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Another ranger measures a tiny Artic Tern chick.

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A cute artic tern performs a dive bomb on an unsuspecting ranger.

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Feeding the chick.

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Swooping down from the sky.

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Catching some tasty sand eels for breakfast.

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A puffin shakes off the rain.

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After making sure they have their special identification rings, rangers release some shag chicks.

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A shag protecting its youngling.

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Catching another chick to put an ID ring on.

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Gray seals playing in the murky underwater.

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A grey bull seal comfortable in its water pool.

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And now fighting for territory and of control of the females.

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A grey seal mother nuzzling her newborn.

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A ranger sprays a little seal baby with special pigment so it can be counted. This is the best way to estimate the real numbers of their population.

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Seals lie on Brownsman Island.

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The beautiful scenic view of the inner part of the Farne Islands - Inner Farne, as seen off the northern coast of England.

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A Guillemot swims underwater by the Islands.

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