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!!!

Monday, 17 May 2010

All's well @ 77!

Managed to get owl 'n' about again tonight to try my luck at some more little owl photography, I elected to go and sit it out at site 77 near to South Wigston. I haven't seen a bird here since before xmas and I feared the worst, but after a good hour of waiting my fears were allayed when what I presume was the male bird showed himself.

Although it was late the light levels weren't too bad, I was really pleased with the sighting and the images I managed. The other good news was the nest box that I have erected here is now showing signs of occupancy, plenty of mute (a technical term for owl crap) could clearly be seen around the nest hole entrance. Fingers crossed that this may be the third of my boxes that plays host to some breeding activity this year.

This bird seemed restless and kept moving from branch to branch and looking down to the ground as though something there was disturbing him? I never did managed to determine what the agitation was all about, maybe a mink or other small predator? 

Just before departing I did managed an image of him as he took off from his perch, although distant and nearly dark I am really pleased to of attained this image of him in flight (although heavily cropped) and for once it wasn't of the rear end!!!

Shame about the wing clip, he was too fast for the camera
.............and me!!!!


  1. A couple of super shots there Paul. I dont know how you did it but congrats for them, especially the first one with no background.

  2. Cheers Phil, beleive me there's plenty in the bin that were no good, these two were the only half decent ones from dozens taken!

  3. Hi
    I edit a free magazine called Nature Matters. Usually, I source all photography from my own or my brothers stock. However, on this occasion, we have drawn a blank. I am trying to source a couple of good natural (Ie wild birds) shots of a Little Owl to accompany a research article by Emily Joachim.

    I cannot offer money as the magazine is 100% free but I can offer a credit and a thank you!