Puffins join Shags and Guillemot birds on the Farne Islands just off the Northumberland coast for the start of the breading season. Rangers on one of Britain’s most important seabird colonies are hoping for a more successful summer after flooding wreaked havoc last year
Aerial view of the flower fields in Marco Polo Flower World in Yangzhou, China. The Marco Polo Flower World included seven themed sessions with various kinds of flowers
Crowds gather as a sperm whale lies dead after becoming stranded on a beach between Old Hunstanton and Holme in Hunstanton, England. The whale is the 29th to have died after beaching in Europe in the past two weeks
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In this long exposure image, the ‘Matabe-e zakura’, cherry blossom which is believed to be more than 300 years old, is in full bloom in Uda, Nara, Japan
A red squirrel, with a nut in its mouth, jumps across a wall in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. Kielder Forest is England’s largest forest at 250 square miles and is home to the largest remaining red squirrel population in England
A family of Asiatic wild elephants search for food in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India.
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An olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) arrives to spawn at the start of the nesting season at Ixtapilla beach, on the Pacific coast of Michoacán state, Mexico. According to local residents, more than 1,000 turtles are expected to arrive each day during the nesting season.
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An elephant grazes at the Amboseli National Park, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya. The Kenyan and Tanzanian government have started a joint aerial count of elephants and other large mammals in the shared ecosystem of the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Natron-Magadi landscape. The seven day survey will cost $104,000.
A three-metre deep underwater tunnel allows visitors to watch fish in a lake at Madra, Czech Republic. Sturgeon, carp, catfish, perch, tench, eel and trout can be viewed from the eight-metre transparent tube, located 70km southeast of Brno, South Moravia.
A colourful leaf lies on a car window after a rain shower in Dortmund, Germany, on Wednesday