Work took me south today, and rather than take the "rat racing, featureless" main roads I decided to opt for an alternative route out of Leicestershire along the more picturesque rural lanes, and what a good decision it turned out to be!
Not too far past the village of Walcote a Little Owl was spotted sitting in a roadside tree, get in there new site No 143!! I'd learnt from previous times when I'd seen owls on my travels and didn't have my camera with me so luckily today it was on board, thank goodness!
I soon turned the car around and positioned it in a way that I could attain a picture, a very obliging owl too. Once I'd got a couple of record shots in the bag I inched the car nearer and nearer until I was right under its nose (or beak if you want to be technical or bill if you want to be really technical!!).
Owl No 1
Feeling elated that I'd knocked off another new site (and my most southern one to date) it was time to get on with the days work, just as I was pulling away a movement higher in the tree caught my eye, yahooo a second owl!
Owl No 2
From where the owls were positioned in the tree (above and below a cavity facing the road) I suspect this to be the nest entrance, if so I am hopeful of some really good juvenile images come the breeding season.
Considering what a good start I have had to the new year, 3 new Little Owl sites already I have decided to increase my Leicestershire target to 200 sites in 5 years, hmmmmm a bit over ambitious maybe, is it possible???