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!!!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Crack Of Sparrows

Before the delights of another days work I decided to go out really early today!!! The reasoning for this early start (up at the crack of sparrows) was to get some images from a relatively new little owl site over at Gilmorton. Due to its location the best time for photography is early morning whilst the sun is in my favour and on the subject......if it showed?

Site 92, Holt Farm - Gilmorton.

At the nest hole entrance.
I was really pleased with this mornings visit on four counts, firstly the owls showed, secondly these images are the best I have managed from this site (and the sun played its part), thirdly, my suspisions of where the nest entrance was were confirmed as the birds were sitting at it and just inside it, and finally I thought this site only had a single bird  but a pair were sitting snuggled up together when I first approached, sadly though I wasn't able to capture them both together........this time!!


  1. Hi Paul. I must try this early morning lark. Not sure how the other half will feel about me getting up before 9.00 ;-D

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