Just got back into the office after the first early morning bittern check of the season. Sadly there was no activity yet but I did get a nice surprise. As I walked back up the concrete road there were a load of blackbirds, tits and finches going mental around a group of elder bushes. As I got closer I could see they were mobbing a corking long-eared owl sat out in the open. Thankfully I had my camera and managed to get a record shot (will post this evening) before it flew off. This is only my second reserve record; the first was roosting in willows by the main path in November 2003.
Probably not the sharpest image as I think I was shaking too much with excitement!!