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A plethora of wildlife on England's Farne Islands

Getty Images photographer Dan Kitwood recently got a very cool assignment to photograph wildlife on the Farne Islands off England's north-east coast, between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

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An Arctic Tern pecks a mans head as he walks through nesting seabirds on June 25, on Inner Farne, England. Visitors to the Farne Islands are pre-warned and advised to wear hats to protect themselves from the Terns who will dive down and attack anyone they perceive as a threat to their nest.

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Guillemots nest on cliffs on June 24, off Inner Farne, England.

The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipelago, which is made up of 16-28 separate islands, depending on the tide, make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern.

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A Puffin returns to its nest with a beak full of sand eels on June 25, on Inner Farne, England.

The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

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A Grey Seal looks up at a group of divers from the seabed on June 25, at the Farne Islands, England.

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