The camera on the barn owl nestbox is showing live pictures of the young barn owls in the visitor centre now - there are two, rather scruffy looking owlets, which mostly sit there panting, but sometimes attempt to move and clumsily stagger about the box. I think barn owls undergo one of the most complete transformations from ugly to beautiful in the avian world - the young chicks at a few days old are, let's face it, not attractive creatures. Once they have developed that characteristic barn owl facial disc however, they become something else entirely - delightful balls of down and feathers, all bobbing heads and inquisitive looks. Our chicks have not yet got the to the really cute stage yet, but they are starting to take an ever greater interest in the world around them (admittledly quite a small world at this stage) and peering at flies or beetles that occasionally buzz around inside the box. The next two weeks should be really fun on barn owl TV.