FARNE ISLANDS, United Kingdom
A shag protects its young on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast
A shag protects its young on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, near Seahouses, northern England, July 8, 2013. Shags are the largest of the seabirds that breed on the islands. The Farne Islands, which lie off the coast of northeast England, are home to a huge array of wildlife. The islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust, which says they 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. Picture taken July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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