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, 28 September 2011

A Fond Farewell!

Oooohh the light was just perfect, at last the sun was still out when I got there & to make matters even better a few owls put an appearance in too!

This evenings session could be the last at this particular site. Each time I visit the four juveniles are harder & harder to locate as they move further away from the natal site. Normally if you locate 1 bird you locate them all, but this evening they were scattered all ovet the place. I was really pleased to eventually track them all down and attain an image in the superb setting sun.


  1. Wow - splendid images!! I guess that you're really going to miss these four, Paul. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I hope that some of next year's juveniles prove as confiding to you as these did - something to look forward to!!

  2. Awesome images Paul! I hope to come across a set of young owls half as cooperative as this bunch! Keep 'em coming, GREAT STUFF!!!

  3. Oustanding images , and agreat blog