Went to Low Barns for 7 in the morning, trying to catch the owls in full sunshine. The young ones were calling so were found easily, they were wide awake and look like toy owl. I located an adult which looked like it had just had a bath. I think it has a bad eye it looks swollen and it doesnt open it properly.
Then I was up at Bollihope for about 8 before all the people arrive, to get some shots of Ring Ouzels. I could hear the birds calling up the gill, and found 2 adults feeding 3 young ones - on the other side of the gill. Got some distant pictures, then they moved down the gill to the car park, this gave a rare opportunity for some close up pictures, I normally have to walk miles to see this birds and never at such close range.
A good morning and both target species seen and digiscoped before 9 oclock.