Hi and welcome to my Blog, my name is Paul Riddle and I live in south Leicestershire, UK. Back in August 2007 my quest began to locate as many local Little Owl territories as possible. The driving force was a reported decline in the uk numbers so I thought I would do my bit and conduct a study in my area. After 7 years and countless hours out in the field I have detected over 200 different sites. With a thirst for a greater understanding of the owls a more comprehensive monitoring and nest box programme then commenced. This also now includes monitoring the local and very sparse population of Barn Owls, please pop back occasionally and catch up with the life and times of my owls and any other wildlife that I come across. I hope you enjoy your visit!!!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Hide Upgrade.

About 50% of my close up owl images were only possible because I employed the use of a mobile hide, pictured below. It was a fantastic purchase that really comes in its own when you are after that elusive image of a shy species. It doesn't seem to scare off the owls although they do seem to be a little wary of it at times. I have spent upto 5 hours at a time in the hide waiting for the owls to either show or to come close enough for that required image. However, as good as it is it does have its limitations in that it has absolutely no room and it can become quite uncomfortable (especially on the backside) after a couple of hours.

Excellent camouflage....can you see me in there?

So after much consideration I decided a larger model was required, one that would offer a little bit more room inside and maybe a more comfortable chair that would sort out my numb bum problem! After much browsing of the internet I couldn't really find a model that met all my requirements so it was on to plan B?

And here it is, my new hide and this model not only meets all my requirements it has an engine as well!!!!

Owling in comfort....that's what it's all about!


  1. Hi Paul - I like the new hide!!! However, I think that I will have to stick with the previous bum-numbing model as I've only just got mine (as a birthday present - and my birthday isn't until June!!!). Do the side windows in the rear open, or do you have to shoot through glass?

  2. Hi Richard, yes the side windows do open, its a real luxury hide!!!

  3. Nice post Paul,I thin k I'll go for the Landy..lol