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!!!

Sunday, 2 January 2011


Although I am currently suffering with a terrible bout of "man flu" I couldn't face the thought of another day sat on my arse watching all the crap rubbish on TV and comfort eating all the kids chocolate. So I dragged myself out for an hour or so this morning for a drive around in the landrover, my aim was to see if I could get my first 2011 Little Owl sighting.

I drove up to my favorite site No 16 and parked up, nothing on arrival but after 10 minutes one of the resident owls popped out of the nest hole to check me out. In between all the coughing and sneezing I managed this one image.

Whilst there I got some distant views of a Buzzard "worming " in the nearby field, the light wasn't in my favour but I did manage a few flighty images once I had pumped up the ISO to 1600.

The Buzzard finally and very briefly settled very close to where I had parked up, I enjoyed the views but the Little Owl made a very quick exit and wasn't seen again!

I trust I will soon be back to full fitness and owl 'n' about again as I have to keep the "owl ometer" ticking over if I want to get anywhere near the 517 sightings made in 2010!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Paul. Many thanks for becoming a follower of my blog.
    I`ll add a link to this your excellent one later today.

    PS : hope you shake that man-flu off soon.